Respiratory Therapy

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The field I wish to pursue is that of respiratory therapy. When I was a child was when my first interest in respiratory therapy was aroused. As a child I was sick a great deal with various lung ailments that required frequent hospitalizations. I would always revel in the fact that how intelligent and courtesy the respiratory therapist were that took care of me. They were so good at what they did and they always made me “feel better.” I wanted to be like them. That thought had never deviated since I decided that was what I wanted to do. (1)Respiratory therapy is a result of specialization trends of the late 60’s in health care. At first referred to as “inhalation therapy”, respiratory practitioners did very little. They were initially one the job trainees, trained by nurses, who did medial chores that nurses didn’t have time or didn’t want to do. This consisted of a lot of the time consuming activities such as setting up oxygen, delivering IPPB’s, ultrasonic nebulizers, chest physiotherapy and setting up machinery such as croup tents and ventilators. These technical chores involved no interpretation of the reasoning behind these mechanisms but only how to “monkey” the steps involved in performing them. Continue...

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