As a tribute to the respiratory therapy community, we picked up this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s an article written to tell laypeople what respiratory therapists do on a daily basis and their critical role in the pandemic.
A respiratory therapist may not be the medical professional you’d be most eager to need.
It would mean you’re having difficulty breathing.
But if that’s already the case, a respiratory therapist is exactly the person you’d want to have on your side.
COVID-19 brought this and more into clear focus. A profession that was, perhaps, underappreciated — or, at least, not as well-known as some others — became heroic.
We recently spoke to Jerin Juby, manager of respiratory care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and one of his senior respiratory therapists, Jerome Taylor, about their work.