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What is a respiratory therapist?

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Respiratory therapists are certified medical professionals who treat problems with your lungs or breathing. They’re not doctors. But they work closely with your doctors to diagnose and monitor your condition.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Respiratory Therapist.”

Mayo Clinic: “Explore Health Careers Respiratory Therapist.”

American Association for Respiratory Care: “How RTs are Involved in the Early Diagnosis of COPD,” “Respiratory Therapists: Warriors in the Fight Against COVID-19.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Occupational Outlook Handbook - Respiratory Therapist.”

University of Kansas Medical Center: “Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

Concorde: “What does a Respiratory Therapist Do?”

Ellen Becker, PhD, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC, professor of respiratory care, Rush University Medical Center.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Respiratory Therapist.”

Mayo Clinic: “Explore Health Careers Respiratory Therapist.”

American Association for Respiratory Care: “How RTs are Involved in the Early Diagnosis of COPD,” “Respiratory Therapists: Warriors in the Fight Against COVID-19.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: “Occupational Outlook Handbook - Respiratory Therapist.”

University of Kansas Medical Center: “Department of Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Pulmonary Rehabilitation.”

Concorde: “What does a Respiratory Therapist Do?”

Ellen Becker, PhD, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC, professor of respiratory care, Rush University Medical Center.

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on May 24, 2020

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