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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.