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Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
Information About Respiratory Care
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  • 1. RespiratoryTherapyRespiratoryTherapy A Life and Breath Career for You!A Life and Breath Career for You!
  • 2. Careers inAlliedHealthCareers inAlliedHealth Diagnostic/Brief EncounterDiagnostic/Brief Encounter • Nuclear Medicine Tech • Medical Technologist • Perfusionist • Ultrasound Tech • Radiography Tech • Invasive Cardiology Tech • Nurse Anesthetist Extended RelationshipExtended Relationship • Nursing • Physician’s Assistant • Respiratory TherapistRespiratory Therapist • Physical Therapist • Occupational Therapist
  • 3. What is Respiratory Therapy? Respiratory therapists have an in-depth knowledge ofRespiratory therapists have an in-depth knowledge of • Cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiologyCardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology • Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnosticsPatient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics • Pulmonary diseasePulmonary disease • Advanced life support and critical careAdvanced life support and critical care • PharmacologyPharmacology • Biomedical engineering and technologyBiomedical engineering and technology Respiratory therapists effectivelyRespiratory therapists effectively • AssessAssess • Educate andEducate and • Treat patients with heart and lung problemsTreat patients with heart and lung problems
  • 4. What Do Respiratory Therapists Do? • Respiratory therapists: – Develop implement and modify patient care plans – Apply patient driven protocols and clinical pathways – Implement asthma and COPD disease management programs – Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures – Evaluate patients’ home environments – Employ evidence-based clinical practice – Conduct freedom from nicotine programs/counselling
  • 5. In Summary… Respiratory Therapists work as physician extenders to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with lung and heart disorders.
  • 6. What Breathing Disorders Do Respiratory Therapists Treat? • Asthma • Bronchitis • Emphysema • COPD • Cystic Fibrosis • Chest Trauma • Pneumonia
  • 7. What Kinds of Patients Do Respiratory Therapists Treat? • Lung disease patients • Cardiac patients • Neuromuscular patients • Accident victims • Premature babies • Children • Adults • The elderly
  • 8. Respiratory Therapists Perform Patient Assessment • Patient InterviewPatient Interview • Cough and sputumCough and sputum • Breathlessness and wheezingBreathlessness and wheezing • Chest illnessChest illness • SmokingSmoking • Occupational historyOccupational history • Home environmental conditionsHome environmental conditions
  • 9. Respiratory Therapists Perform Physical Assessment • Physical AssessmentPhysical Assessment • General appearanceGeneral appearance • Vital signsVital signs • Chest inspectionChest inspection • Breath soundsBreath sounds • Percussion / palpationPercussion / palpation • Bedside assessment of cardiopulmonary functionBedside assessment of cardiopulmonary function • Respiratory Care Plan Development & ImplementationRespiratory Care Plan Development & Implementation
  • 10. Respiratory Therapists Perform Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures • Arterial blood gas analysisArterial blood gas analysis • Pulmonary function studiesPulmonary function studies • Sleep studiesSleep studies • EKGs and cardiac testsEKGs and cardiac tests • Sputum specimensSputum specimens • Stress and exercise testingStress and exercise testing • Gas therapyGas therapy • Medication administrationMedication administration • Secretion managementSecretion management • Chest physiotherapyChest physiotherapy • Lung expansion therapyLung expansion therapy • Pulmonary rehabilitationPulmonary rehabilitation
  • 11. Where Do Respiratory Therapists Work? • Acute care hospitalsAcute care hospitals • Diagnostic laboratoriesDiagnostic laboratories • Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilitiesRehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities • Patient’s homesPatient’s homes • Patient transport servicesPatient transport services • Physician officesPhysician offices • Convalescent and retirement centersConvalescent and retirement centers • Educational institutions, including collegesEducational institutions, including colleges and universitiesand universities • Government and industryGovernment and industry
  • 12. How Does the Job Market Look for Respiratory Therapists? • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) listsThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists Respiratory Therapy as among the fastest growingRespiratory Therapy as among the fastest growing professions.professions. • BLS projects a 28% increase in demand forBLS projects a 28% increase in demand for respiratory therapists for the period 2004-2014.respiratory therapists for the period 2004-2014. • Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Therapy amongFamily Money Magazine lists Respiratory Therapy among the top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/Februarythe top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/February 2000, p. 52)2000, p. 52)
  • 13. How Does the Job Market Look forRespiratory Therapists? The need for RTs is growing due to:The need for RTs is growing due to: – large increase in the elderly populationlarge increase in the elderly population – environmental impact on diseases such asenvironmental impact on diseases such as asthmaasthma – smoking and COPDsmoking and COPD – technological advances in treatment oftechnological advances in treatment of cardiopulmonary diseasecardiopulmonary disease – advances in treatment of premature babiesadvances in treatment of premature babies – retirementsretirements
  • 14. How Much Do Respiratory Therapists Make? • Salary varies with educationalSalary varies with educational degree and years of experience.degree and years of experience. • Supervisors, clinical specialists, andSupervisors, clinical specialists, and department managers tend to havedepartment managers tend to have higher salaries.higher salaries. • MedianMedian startingstarting salaries for MUsalaries for MU graduate respiratory therapists =graduate respiratory therapists = currentlycurrently $49,535$49,535.. • Sign-on incentives range fromSign-on incentives range from $3,000$3,000 -- $15,000$15,000..
  • 15. My Aptitudes & Strengths?My Aptitudes & Strengths? • Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking • Interpersonal Relationship SkillsInterpersonal Relationship Skills • DedicationDedication • Manual DexterityManual Dexterity • AccuracyAccuracy • Focused Under PressureFocused Under Pressure • IntegrityIntegrity • Commitment to Life-Long LearningCommitment to Life-Long Learning
  • 16. Is Respiratory Therapy For Me? • A career as a respiratory therapist canA career as a respiratory therapist can provide:provide: – the ability to make a difference in peoples livesthe ability to make a difference in peoples lives – interesting and meaningful workinteresting and meaningful work – a high tech and exciting careera high tech and exciting career – a people oriented professiona people oriented profession – the opportunity to become a respected memberthe opportunity to become a respected member of the health professionsof the health professions • Imagine yourself helping Charlie Adams!Imagine yourself helping Charlie Adams!
  • 17. Charlie Adams – 55yo MVA • Head and chest trauma ED admissionHead and chest trauma ED admission • Secure airway - intubate and ventilateSecure airway - intubate and ventilate • Transfer to ICUTransfer to ICU • Establish and manage mechanical ventilationEstablish and manage mechanical ventilation • Step-down unitStep-down unit • Airway hygiene, aerosolized meds and OAirway hygiene, aerosolized meds and O22 therapytherapy • Discharge to LTAC or homeDischarge to LTAC or home
  • 18. What is Best About Practicing as a Respiratory Therapist? ““Our work is very gratifying in that we serve people of allOur work is very gratifying in that we serve people of all ages who are greatly appreciative of what we do for them.ages who are greatly appreciative of what we do for them. When they are having difficulty breathing, relief is whatWhen they are having difficulty breathing, relief is what primarily matters to them. We often work with ourprimarily matters to them. We often work with our patients from the time of their admission through to theirpatients from the time of their admission through to their discharge, so we get to see the change that results fromdischarge, so we get to see the change that results from what we do for them. When we go home at the end of thewhat we do for them. When we go home at the end of the day we carry a sense of satisfaction that is uncommon inday we carry a sense of satisfaction that is uncommon in many careers because when we treat and manage ourmany careers because when we treat and manage our patients there is immediate and measurable improvement.patients there is immediate and measurable improvement. We are also highly respected by physicians, nurses, andWe are also highly respected by physicians, nurses, and others with whom we practice.”others with whom we practice.”
  • 19. How Do IBecome a Student Respiratory Therapist? • BS Degree in Biology andBS Degree in Biology and Respiratory TherapyRespiratory Therapy – Highly respected 4-yearHighly respected 4-year programprogram – Option in the MU BiologyOption in the MU Biology curriculum since 1982curriculum since 1982 – 16-month Professional Phase16-month Professional Phase – Post BS Option for you!Post BS Option for you! Bachelo r of Science Degree
  • 20. How Do I Apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program? 1.1. Transfer & designate Bio/Resp majorTransfer & designate Bio/Resp major 2.2. Apply as a graduate - deadline –Apply as a graduate - deadline – MarchMarch – TranscriptsTranscripts – RecommendationsRecommendations – VisitsVisits
  • 21. What Courses Do INeed to Prepare forthe Program as a Graduate? • Biology, Human A&P,Biology, Human A&P, Chemistry, Microbiology,Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Math, andPhysics, Math, and General Ed coursework .General Ed coursework . • Students benefit from aStudents benefit from a strong background instrong background in Math and Science.Math and Science.
  • 22. Is Respiratory Therapy For Me? • A career as a respiratory therapist canA career as a respiratory therapist can provide:provide: – a great job at a good salarya great job at a good salary – job securityjob security – the opportunity to help othersthe opportunity to help others – recognition, respect, and appreciationrecognition, respect, and appreciation – a sense of accomplishmenta sense of accomplishment • A rewarding career for lifeA rewarding career for life
  • 23. RespiratoryTherapists MakeaDifference You can too!!!You can too!!! Contact:Contact: Website:Website: http://muweb.millersville.edu/~rtphttp://muweb.millersville.edu/~rtp Email:Email: muprt@comcast.netmuprt@comcast.net Millersville UniversityMillersville University Program in Respiratory TherapyProgram in Respiratory Therapy P.O. Box 1002P.O. Box 1002 Millersville, PA 17551Millersville, PA 17551 (717) 291-8457(717) 291-8457

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