For most of us breathing is easy - we don't think about it. For some, however, breathing is a struggle. Those who struggle, including accident victims, premature babies with immature lungs, heart attack and stroke victims and people with asthma or emphysema, rely on Respiratory Services.
Respiratory Therapists are highly skilled healthcare professionals. They provide direct patient care by evaluating, treating, and maintaining cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function using specialized medical expertise combined with advanced medical technology. Respiratory Therapists assist physicians with the diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders. Most Respiratory Therapists practice in hospitals, while others practice within the community. They care for a complete range of patients and are trained to treat newborns, children, adults and the elderly. Hospital based Respiratory Therapists are required in all hospital sectors, particularly in high-risk situations within intensive care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, labour and birth units, and general units. Community-based respiratory therapists work in outpatient clinics, provide services in specialized medical centers, and care for patients at home.
Respiratory Services in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
Respiratory Services in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region are provided in all acute care units in theRegina General and Pasqua hospitals, at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, the Pulmonary Function Laboratories, in the Sleep Disorder Centre, and in the community.
The programs offered at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre include the Community Respiratory Outreach Program and the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Rehabilitation Program.
Lung Function Testing
Lung function testing is conducted at the Pulmonary Function Laboratories.
RQHR Neonatal Transport Team
The Neonatal Transport Team composed of Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists, are based out of the Regina General Hospital and provide transport service to all of southern Saskatchewan.
Respiratory Services Student Training Program
Respiratory Services offers a student training program. RQHR is a clinical partner with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. Students from Saskatchewan do their first two years of training in Calgary and then one clinical year in Regina or Saskatoon.
For more information on RQHR training please contact the Respiratory Services Program Development Educator at 766-3355.
For more information on SAIT visit their website.
More Information on Respiratory Therapy
For more information on Respiratory Therapy visit the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists.