Daily Duties & ResponsibilitiesAn RT works to diagnose lung and respiratory conditions and then develop a suitable treatment regimen for the patient. The practitioners first discusses symptoms with the patient, followed by a lung examination and examination of tissue specimens. It is also part of the RT’s responsibility to make suitable respiratory add-ons such as ventilator use and the implementation of artificial airways for patients experiencing breathing difficulties. These professionals play a significant role in attending Code Blue or any urgent care need required in an emergency.
There have been significant and valuable changes in the job roles of an RT. They not only have to diagnose difficult symptoms correctly, bur also manage respiratory technicians and devices. For instance, an RT may have to examine a person’s breathing potential and identify the concentration of oxygen and other gases in their blood. They may be required to train patients and their relatives to apply ventilators and other life supporting devices at home. An efficient RT has to coordinate with other physicians and medical staff to change medications if needed as well. In some cases, respiratory therapists may go beyond their responsibilities and even administer pulmonary rehabilitation.