Role of the Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Diagnosis
    • Obtaining arterial blood specimens and/or insertion of indwelling arterial catheters
    • Analysis and interpretation of arterial blood gases
    • Lung function testing
    • Stress testing of the cardiopulmonary system
    • Sleep apnea testing

  • Treatment
    • Use of highly sophisticated equipment to deliver oxygen or assist with breathing
    • Operation of life support equipment for patients who have compromised breathing
    • Administration and evaluation of the use of aerosal medications
    • Insertion and maintenance of artificial airways
    • Utilization of monitoring equipment to direct patient care

  • Education
    • Educating the patient and care givers about their disease process and its management