Respiratory Care provides therapy to patients of all ages who have a disease or trauma that involves the lungs' ability to receive oxygen or eliminate carbon dioxide. A respiratory therapist is a specially trained, licensed professional who delivers treatment under the direction of a physician to patients who have difficulty breathing.
At Clinton Memorial Hospital, our respiratory therapists:
- Operate equipment to administer oxygen or assist with breathing
- Operate mechanical ventilators for patients who cannot breathe adequately on their own
- Administer medications in aerosol form to help alleviate breathing problems
Where can you find our respiratory therapists?
- Intensive care: operating mechanical ventilators to provide life support
- Emergency services: meeting the life squads to take over delivery of lifesaving airway management and resuscitation procedures
- Mother-baby care: supporting the newborn's respiratory status after delivery
- At the patient's bedside: providing medications to open the patient's airways; performing techniques or using airway clearance devices to assist the patient in clearing their airway of congestion; administering and monitoring oxygen deliver systems to relieve the air-hunger of lung disease; drawing arterial blood or performing pulse oximetry to assess the amount of oxygen in the blood