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Respiratory Therapists

Respiratory Therapists evaluate the patient's cardiopulmonary health and oxygenation needs, develop a plan to maintain and improve healthy breathing, and, if possible, return patients to independent respiration.

They administer treatments to improve oxygenation and improve the patient's ability to participate in therapy. In tracheotomy patients, Respiratory therapists care for the artificial airway to prevent infection and work to transition the patient to independent breathing.