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The University of Kansas Medical Center

  1. 1. The University of Kansas Medical Center Respiratory Care Education
  2. 2. What is Respiratory Care? <ul><li>Respiratory Care is the health profession that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health </li></ul><ul><li>Respiratory therapists prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system </li></ul>
  3. 3. More about Respiratory Care <ul><li>Respiratory therapists care for newborn infants, children, adults, and the elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Career opportunities are excellent for respiratory therapists, and salaries are competitive with other health professions </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><ul><li>Cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pulmonary disease </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced life support and critical care </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biomedical engineering and technology </li></ul></ul></ul>Respiratory Therapists have an in depth knowledge of:
  5. 5. Respiratory therapists effectively <ul><ul><ul><li>Assess </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treat patients with Heart and lung problems </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Respiratory Patient care is focused on: <ul><li>prevention </li></ul><ul><li>assessment </li></ul><ul><li>diagnostic evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>treatment </li></ul><ul><li>management </li></ul><ul><li>patient education </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Do Respiratory Therapists Do? <ul><li>Respiratory therapists apply: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patient/environment assessment skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence based clinical practice skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respiratory therapists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop and implement effective care plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply patient driven protocols </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize disease-based clinical pathways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement disease management programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What Breathing Disorders Do Respiratory Therapists Treat? <ul><li>Asthma </li></ul><ul><li>Bronchitis </li></ul><ul><li>Emphysema </li></ul><ul><li>COPD </li></ul><ul><li>Cystic Fibrosis </li></ul><ul><li>Chest Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Pneumonia </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where Do Respiratory Therapists Work? <ul><li>Acute care hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Patient’s homes </li></ul><ul><li>Patient transport services </li></ul><ul><li>Physician offices </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement centers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational/Research institutions, including colleges and universities </li></ul>Rynda Matlock, RRT KUMC Respiratory Therapist
  10. 10. Respiratory Therapists Work in the ICU <ul><li>Adult, pediatric, neonatal ICU s </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical ventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Life-support </li></ul><ul><li>Arterial blood gases </li></ul><ul><li>Physiologic monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Airway care </li></ul><ul><li>Intubation </li></ul><ul><li>Oxygen, aerosol therapy </li></ul>Former KUMC Graduate, Greg Baker, RRT
  11. 11. Respiratory Therapists Perform Diagnostic Services <ul><li>Arterial blood gas analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Pulmonary function studies </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep studies </li></ul><ul><li>EKGs and cardiac tests </li></ul><ul><li>Sputum specimens </li></ul><ul><li>Stress and exercise testing </li></ul>Former KUMC Graduate Chad Sanner, RRT
  12. 12. Respiratory Therapists Perform Therapeutic Procedures <ul><li>Oxygen administration </li></ul><ul><li>Medication administration </li></ul><ul><li>Airway clearance </li></ul><ul><li>Chest physiotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Lung expansion therapy </li></ul><ul><li>mechanical ventilator management </li></ul><ul><li>Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking cessation </li></ul>
  13. 13. In Summary. . . <ul><li>Respiratory Therapists work to </li></ul><ul><li>evaluate, treat, and care for patients with </li></ul><ul><li>lung and heart disorders </li></ul>
  14. 14. Respiratory Care Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center
  15. 15. KUMC Respiratory Care <ul><li>The KUMC Respiratory Care program is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus located in Kansas City, KS </li></ul><ul><li>The department of Respiratory Care Education is part of the School of Allied Health </li></ul><ul><li>The Respiratory Care program is one of many programs that are offered in affiliation with the KUMC Hospital and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS </li></ul>
  16. 16. Why choose KUMC’s Respiratory Care program? <ul><li>Only about 30 schools in the nation offer baccalaureate programs for respiratory care </li></ul><ul><li>At KU Medical Center, you will Encounter a broad range of health-care problems in an urban setting </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll learn about therapies on the cutting edge of research and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Your clinical experiences will be broad and comprehensive </li></ul>
  17. 17. Why choose KUMC’ s Respiratory Care program? <ul><li>KU offers a B.S. degree with the option to specialize in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pulmonary rehabilitation, perinatology, adult critical care, management, education, sleep disorders, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Specialty practicum allows you to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>experience the work place to refine those competencies usually not acquired until after graduation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>During your clinical rotations, you’ll be exposed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>large and small health care facilities in the metropolitan area, each offering their own unique qualities and clinical experiences. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. the Department of Respiratory Care Education Faculty <ul><li>have 115 years of experience in respiratory care combined </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Few respiratory care programs have faculty with even 18 years of combined teaching experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>are dedicated to developing students who have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the highest quality of patient care </li></ul><ul><li>give Each student the opportunity to learn the theories of practice and to develop the competencies necessary to perform at the highest therapeutic level </li></ul>
  19. 19. Applying to the Respiratory Care program <ul><li>Whether you are applying as a high school or transfer student, check out this website: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.admissions.ku.edu/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Or contact the Respiratory Care Advisor at the University of Kansas medical center: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Mathews pmathews ﹫ kumc.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out the prerequisites for the Respiratory Care program at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/preregs.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out Financial Aid Options: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/ finanaid.html </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. For a KUMC Respiratory Student a typical day may consist of : <ul><li>Critical Care class </li></ul><ul><li>Ventilator Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Rotation in the Pediatric Unit at KUMC </li></ul><ul><li>A rotation at an affiliate hospital in the Kansas City area </li></ul><ul><li>Attending a symposium on cutting edge medical technology </li></ul>
  21. 21. At KUMC Students gain experience in a variety of areas: <ul><ul><li>Medical and surgical areas of the hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intensive care units (adult, pediatric, neonatal) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patient transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardiopulmonary diagnostics (pulmonary function testing, sleep lab, exercise testing, invasive and non-invasive cardiology) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outpatient clinics and physician’s offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home care </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. How Does the Job Market Look for Respiratory Therapists? <ul><li>The United States government predicts that respiratory care will be one of the 10 fastest growing careers from now on until 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>BLS projects a 42.6% increase in demand for respiratory therapists for the period 1998-2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Care among the top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/February 2000, p. 52) </li></ul>
  23. 23. The need for RT s is growing due to: <ul><ul><li>large increase in the elderly population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environmental impact on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>diseases such as asthma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>smoking and COPD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technological advances in treatment of cardiopulmonary disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advances in treatment of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>premature babies </li></ul></ul>Tom Lindgren, RRT KUMC Respiratory Therapist
  24. 24. How Much Do Respiratory Therapists Make? <ul><li>Salary varies with educational degree and years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Supervisors, clinical specialists, and department managers tend to have higher salaries </li></ul><ul><li>In hospitals, median annual salaries for respiratory therapists in 2000 were $38,040 according to the BLS </li></ul>
  25. 25. Is Respiratory Care For Me? <ul><li>A career as a respiratory therapist can provide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a great job at a good salary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>job security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the opportunity to help others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition, respect, and appreciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a sense of accomplishment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A rewarding career for life </li></ul>
  26. 26. A career as a Respiratory Therapist provides: <ul><li>the ability to make a difference in peoples’ lives </li></ul><ul><li>interesting and meaningful work </li></ul><ul><li>a high tech and exciting career </li></ul><ul><li>a people oriented profession </li></ul><ul><li>the opportunity to become a respected member of the health CARE team </li></ul><ul><li>A life and breath career for you! </li></ul>
  27. 27. When Should I Start Thinking About a Career in Respiratory Care? <ul><li>NOW! </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the KU Medical Center Respiratory Care website: http://www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Call the KU Medical Center Respiratory Education Department for more information </li></ul><ul><li>(913) 588-4630 </li></ul><ul><li>Request info at: </li></ul><ul><li>KU Respiratory Care Attn: Admissions coordinator 3901 Rainbow Boulevard 4006 Delp Building Kansas City, Kansas 66160-7606 </li></ul>What should I be?

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