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Unformatted text preview: 1 AHS 300 Survey of Health AHS 300 Survey of Health Professions Professions – Respiratory¡Care Respiratory Care Jonathan Waugh, PhD, RRT, RPFT, CTTS, FAARC Topics to Be Covered Topics to Be Covered History of and levels within the profession Credentialing process and specializations Education and credentialing requirement Education and credentialing requirements Program accreditation process Professional association Rigor of program--what to expect Application process Who is a Respiratory Therapist? Who is a Respiratory Therapist? A Respiratory Therapist is… A Respiratory Therapist is… Respiratory Therapists (aka respiratory care practitioners) evaluate and treat breathing problems of infants and adults under the direction of a physician. This includes such conditions as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema and also: ◦ heart attack and accident victims ◦ premature infants and ◦ people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, or AIDS. What Does an RCP Do? What Does an RCP Do? Respiratory care providers: ◦ perform diagnostic procedures and provide consultation for respiratory care ◦ deliver therapeutic drugs and treatment modalities including artificial ventilation ◦ perform many types of patient education such as for asthma care, smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation. Career info at www.aarc.org 2 History of Profession History of Profession 1946: Informal association at U of Chicago 1947: Profession was born - ITA ◦ Now American Assoc. for Respiratory Care 1956: Launched Inhalation Therapy Journal 1974 - Sugarloaf Conf in Philadelphia 1974 Sugarloaf Conf. in Philadelphia ◦ Reviewed efficacy of various types of RT ◦ First push for evidence-based respiratory care 1980, low view of licensure Now licensure viewed favorably ◦ All states in continental USA and Hawaii require license. History of the Profession Cont. History of the Profession Cont....
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2011 for the course AHS 300 taught by Professor Paustian during the Fall '08 term at University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Fall '08