Respiratory Therapists provide education and care to assist people and manage a wide range of breathing problems caused by disease, accident or illness. In the United States there are over 130,000 respiratory therapists who can be found in a variety of health care settings such as:

  • Hospitals – Providing acute care to patients having difficulty breathing
  • Intensive Care Units – Managing critical care treatments and technologies (like ventilators)
  • Emergency rooms – Delivering lifesaving interventions
  • Newborn & Pediatric units  Treating infants and children
  • Patient homes – Providing clinical follow-up and education while maintaining home respiratory equipment
  • Sleep laboratories – Helping to diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders
  • Skilled Nursing facilities & Pulmonary rehab
  • Doctors’ offices – conducting assessments, treatments, PFTs and providing patient education
  • Asthma & COPD education programs
  • Smoking cessation programs – Assisting those who want to quit tobacco products
  • Medical transport programs – Assisting in air and ground transport

Whenever and wherever breathing is a concern, respiratory therapists are there to provide high quality education and care.

From the American Association for Respiratory Care 2013,