RespiratoryCare2010 - AHS 300 Survey of Health Professions...

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1 AHS 300 Survey of Health Professions Professions – Respiratory Care Respiratory Care Jonathan Waugh, PhD, RRT, RPFT, CTTS, FAARC Topics to Be Covered History of and levels within the profession Credentialing process and specializations Education and credentialing requirements Program accreditation process Professional association Rigor of program--what to expect Application process Who is a Respiratory Therapist? 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. Thi i l d h di i h 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? 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
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2 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. Profession’s medical sponsors: American Thoracic Society American College of Chest Physicians American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of medical advisors: Am Academy of Pediatrics Am College of Allergy and Immunology Society of Critical Care Medicine Today, there are over 130,000 RCPs employed in the United States.
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