Respiratory Therapy is involved with helping those patients with breathing disorders and/or chronic lung problems. The RT (respiratory therapist) can also treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the respiratory components of acute multisystemic conditions such as heart attacks and stroke, cancer, cystic fibrosis, brain injuries, near drowning victims, sleep disorder, and quadriplegic/paraplegic patients and trauma patients. Respiratory Therapists known as Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP) are specialists in airway management, mechanical ventilation, and acid-base balance.
For those who have experienced illness or trauma that prevented them from breathing properly, they understand the essential facet of life: breathing. Breathing is one function of the body that is often not even given a second thought, but is no longer taken for granted when it is obstructed or restricted. Respiratory therapy treatments involve the use of respirators or the administration of medication in an aerosol form to assist patients with breathing conditions. These professionals work diligently on behalf of their patients and seek to provide the compassionate and quality care that patients at Grandview Medical Center have come to expect.