Respiratory Therapy Services
Dependable Home Care provides respiratory therapists to our home care patients when indicated by a physician or nurse practicioner, or when indicated by the periodic assessment review. We also arrange for equipment rentals and refills of gas, as can co-ordinate the filling of aerosol medications.
Respiratory therapists provided by Dependable Home Care are carefully screened, well trained, certified and licensed professionals. All respiratory therapy is performed uner a suprevised and reviewed management plan that is reviewed and evaluated frequently.
Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. Under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for respiratory therapeutic treatments, consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to develop patient care plans.
Respiratory therapists provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema and give emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack or stroke.
- Respiratory therapists also:
- interview patients and perform limited physical examinations
- conduct diagnostic tests to measure a patient's breathing capacity
- conduct tests to measure the concentration of oxygen and other gases in the patient's blood
- Measure a patient's blood pH
- Draw arterial blood samples
- Perform chest physiotherapy to remove mucus from the lungs
- Consult with a physician about treatment
- Administer oxygen or oxygen mixtures
- Teach patients and their families to use ventilators and other life-support systems
- Administer aerosol medications
- Instruct patients on how to inhale aerosol medications
- Connect ventilators and aspirators and adjust oxygen flow
- Perform assessments of patients and equipment
- Inspect and clean equipment
- Evaluate the home environment
- Instruct patients on the proper use of their medications
- Smoking-cessation counseling
Licensure and Certification
Repiratory Therapists are required to be licensed, and certification from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) have graduated from advanced programs. Respiratory Therapists are also required to maintain a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
Respiratory therapists must be sensitive to a patient's physical and psychological needs, pay attention to detail, and operate advanced equipment.