The role of respiratory therapists in a healthcare setting is to assist patients with lung-related diseases depending on the level or degree of illness they have. Many of these therapists are assigned in the Intensive Care Unit or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the ER or Emergency Room. Patients range from having common asthma to the very horrid lung cancer. These professionals are very competitive when it comes to interventions and emergency situations. All are required to have emergency respiratory knowledge and skills, these are vital in reviving a patient with respiratory disorder. But not just with emergency situations, they handle different types of people with lung problems. They work not just in hospitals, but also in nursing homes too. They help patients, young and old, to have normal breathing. These therapists deal with patients suffering with inborn, long term respiratory illnesses. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common diseases and these therapists helps fight with the patient to prevent complications and premature death. Because of this, therapists are caring and patient individuals.
These therapists have competitive skills using hi-tech equipments. Operating different machines and then monitor the results. Ventilating equipments are important respiratory equipments and are also learned during their trainings. Lessons on how to operate, set up and monitor the results of different hi-tech facilities are essential to learn for a respiratory healer.
To become a respiratory therapist, there are two processes: to graduate from the course and to pass the CRT exams. To graduate, one must choose between taking a full 4 year Bachelor’s degree or a 2 year short course as an associate. Once you have graduated as an associate, you become a Certified Respiratory healers and practice your career already. With a Bachelor’s degree, you can have the opportunity of being a Registered Respiratory Therapist by taking the CRT exams.