University of Southern Indiana

Career Info

IMG 9500VRespiratory Therapy is:

  • a career
  • an exciting, stimulating profession
  • for those individuals who enjoy working with people and helping others
  • direct one-on-one patient contact
  • employed in diagnosis, treatment, management, preventive care, and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary problems
  • caring for patients with asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, respiratory distress, croup, bronchitis, cardiac failure, respiratory failure, and more
  • use of medical gases, humidification, aerosols, mechanical ventilation, airways, chest physiotherapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pulmonary function testing, and more
  • a promising future

If you are seeking a health career which features a fast-paced and expanding medical environment where your technical knowledge and abilities coupled with your interpersonal relations skills can be applied to patients in direct, one-on-one encounters, the respiratory therapy profession may be for you. Respiratory therapy is a health specialty instrumental in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and preventive care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. These problems include asthma, pulmonary emphysema, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, respiratory distress of the adult and newborn, croup, bronchitis, cardiac failure, cerebral thrombosis, drowning, hemorrhage, and shock.

The respiratory therapist must be proficient in the therapeutic use of such aids to the cardiopulmonary system as medical gases, humidification, aerosols, mechanical ventilation, mechanical airways, chest physiotherapy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis and other diagnostic techniques are employed to assist the physician in the management of patient care.


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