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Respiratory Therapists
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     challenging words:    surgery, aerosol, analyzer, assessment, cannula, cessation, diseased, emphysema, helping, intensive, microbiology, pharmacology, physiotherapy, ventilator, pneumonia, evaluate
     content words:    Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registered Respiratory Therapist


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Respiratory Therapists
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Josh was having surgery. There would be surgeons, nurses, and an anesthesiologist in the operating room. There would also be someone helping to monitor his breathing. Who would that be? That's the job of a respiratory therapist.
 
2     Melanie was in the hospital. She was recovering from pneumonia. Her breathing was still very labored. Who provided an oxygen mask to help her breathe more comfortably? A respiratory therapist did.
 
3     Jerry was critically ill. He was in the hospital. When he couldn't breathe on his own anymore, the family asked for life support. Who was in charge of monitoring the ventilator? A respiratory therapist was.
 
4     A respiratory therapist is a health professional who helps people breathe easier. This is often a very critical role. All people must breathe to live. Without being able to do so, a person can suffer brain damage or even die within a very small amount of time.
 
5     In order to become a respiratory therapist, the person must receive an associate degree. He or she studies sciences such as human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and microbiology. It also includes mathematics, pharmacology, and patient assessment. An entry level, or beginning, position usually requires the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) exam. The positions in an intensive care unit or in a supervisor role often need the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) exam. For some, a four year college degree in the field may help them go further.

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