One of the Biggest Hurdles for COVID-19 Patients is Breathing. RTs Help Make It Happen, But The Field is Dwindling

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Often unsung in the COVID-19 crisis, respiratory therapists focus on helping people breathe — job duties include managing ventilation and artificial airways and assessing breathing challenges — and that means they play a large role in the treatment of coronavirus patients.

During normal times, their work ranges from setting up ventilators in a neonatal intensive care unit to helping someone who recently had lung surgery. These days, many are paged to help patients struggling with COVID-19, which impacts the lungs and causes issues ranging from shortness of breath to a need for a ventilator. [/sayit]

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Source: Chicago Tribune

 

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