Respiratory therapists recognized
This week SNMH is proud to recognize our team of respiratory therapists during National Respiratory Therapy Week (Oct. 23-27). Some people are not familiar with the respiratory therapy profession, but those patients who have been hospitalized with breathing conditions know respiratory therapists well.
The 18 respiratory therapists at SNMH work under the direction of medical director, John Lace M.D., pulmonologist. A majority of the respiratory therapists work within the acute hospital setting, and provide 24-hour, seven-days-per-week care. They work closely with the hospital medical team and specializing in evaluating, treating, and assisting in the care of patients with pulmonary illness, disease, or need of respiratory support. Outpatient respiratory services include a pulmonary function lab that provides diagnostic pulmonary testing and a pulmonary rehabilitation program that provides clients with newly diagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease self-management classes.
On a typical shift a respiratory therapist is assigned to care for patients in medical units including the ICCU where critically ill patients are often seen on ventilators. The staff may also assist with CPR in the emergency department or assist in Labor and Delivery. SNMH Respiratory Therapists are present at every delivery at SNMH .Working and caring for people of all ages makes the job diverse and interesting. Respiratory therapists at SNMH have a solid educational and clinical background to have a diverse role in a community hospital setting. Respiratory therapy technology is constantly changing as the field advances. Respiratory therapists are required to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and become registered at the National Board for Respiratory Care. SNMH is also a designated training site for the respiratory therapy students at American River College in Sacramento.
For more information about SNMH’s Respiratory Therapy program, please call (530) 274-6862 or visit snmh.org.
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