10.16.2019 Back to News

Respiratory Care Week Is Oct. 20-26

Respiratory therapists around the globe will be celebrating respiratory care week Oct. 20-26. This year's theme is Our Team Cares.

Respiratory therapists at Methodist care for a variety of patients who have trouble breathing as a result of chronic respiratory diseases. Patients can range in age from our NICU babies to adults who have diseased lungs.  

Respiratory therapists typically do the following:

  • Diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods.
  • Interview patients and do chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their conditions.
  • Consult with physicians to recommend a change in therapy based on their evaluations of patients.
  • Analyze breath, tissue and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
  • Manage ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
  • Respond to emergency situations and urgent calls for care.
  • Educate patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their quality of life.

Respiratory therapists are part of the care team at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Women's Hospital, Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Methodist Fremont Health Medical Center. They also provide patient care at Methodist Physician Clinic locations and outpatient settings throughout the health system.

Each year a respiratory therapist at each health system location is awarded the Breath Award for exemplifying teamwork, excellence in care, respect and honor. The health system also awards a staff member with the Respiratory Excellence Award.