Faith Kiehl Miss Fisher HBS 2 29 January, 2018 Activity 3.11 Respiratory Therapist Respiratory therapists are required to have an Associate’s Degree, but a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree is recommended because it is often preferred by employers, and is required to do anything more specific with the respiratory system, like caring for critically ill patients with other problems in the body. After completing their education, respiratory therapists are required to become registered and certified through the National Board for Respiratory Care, and from there they need to pass another examination before they can begin work. Respiratory therapists may work in hospitals, laboratories, nursing facilities, or in their patient’s homes. On a day-to-day basis, respiratory therapists must interview/examine patients with breathing problems, perform diagnostic tests (like measuring lung capacity), administer therapy treatments and monitor a patient’s response to the therapy (including their vital signs and blood gases/chemistry), provide emergency treatment to patience suffering from heart attacks, shock, or drowning, and consult with physicians on their patient’s treatment options. Respiratory therapists work with patients who are having trouble breathing, including patients, with asthma, emphysema, or chronic respiratory diseases. Their patients could be anyone from infant to the elderly, as long as they are experiencing problems with breathing. They help these individuals by providing therapy for them, consulting with their physicians on treatment options and medications they should be taking, or administering supplemental oxygen to patients experiencing a defect in the oxygen in their bodies. Melissa would be a good client for an RT because she has asthma and experiences problems with breathing in her everyday life. Respiratory therapists could team up with Melissa’s physician to decide on the best treatment plan and medications that Melissa should be taking. They can also show Melissa how to use her inhaler or other instruments given to her to aid in breathing. Works Cited Respiratory Therapist. (n.d.). Retrieved January 29, 2018, from https://explorehealthcareers.org/career/allied-health-professions/respiratory-therapist/ Respiratory Therapy Program. (n.d.). Retrieved January 29, 2018, from https://pmi.edu/programs/associate/respiratory-therapy What is a Respiratory Therapist? (n.d.). Retrieved January 29, 2018, from http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-health-professions/respiratory-care-education/what-is-a-