Respiratory Therapy

What is Respiratory Therapist?

A Respiratory Therapist is a regulated health professional who monitors/assesses and treats individuals with breathing difficulties. Respiratory Therapists are experts in:

  • Ventilation and airway management;
  • Oxygen and aerosol therapy;
  • Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome; and,
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

They provide care in hospitals, long term care and home care settings; they must be registered with the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario.

What services does a home care Respiratory Therapist provide?

Respiratory therapists provide many services to patients in their home including:

  • Perform respiratory assessments;
  • Perform pulse oximetry assessments;
  • Initiate and titrate oxygen therapy;
  • Manage airways;
  • Manage invasive and non-invasive ventilation;
  • Review and recommend medications;
  • Evaluate therapy effectiveness;
  • Develop care plans and review goals achievement;
  • Educate and train clients, care givers, and family members on care routines;
  • Offer their expertise as part of the community multidisciplinary care team;
  • Address client or caregiver concerns; and,
  • Assess equipment performance.
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