Respiratory Therapist Career
Respiratory therapists work to provide help to people who have trouble breathing. Their patients may include, but are not limited to, premature infants, children with asthma, or adults with lung cancer or emphysema. Respiratory therapists provide physical treatment as well as guidance to help patience improve their breathing.
When first meeting with a patient, respiratory therapists may perform tests to see how well the patient’s lungs are performing. If necessary, they may perform interventions such as connecting patients to ventilators to help them breathe. In less extreme instances, they may do things like help remove mucus from patient’s throat and lungs. They often work with doctors to create treatment plans for their patients.