National Respiratory Care Week is October 21 -27th! Coordinated by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), this week is meant to recognize the respiratory care profession and raise awareness for improving lung health around the world. Respiratory therapists work with many of the devices we develop and manufacture at Michigan Instruments, helping patients recover faster and facilitating effective medical training and research.
This week, we salute respiratory care therapists, you are an integral part of the medical profession, and people breathe easier when you’re around! Literally.
What do Respiratory Therapists Do?
Respiratory therapists often work very closely with cardiologists and pulmonologists, assessing and treating patients with both acute and chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. They must have a broad knowledge of the pathophysiology of the cardiopulmonary system and the complex procedures required to properly diagnose and treat patients, from the very young to the very old.
Respiratory therapy may include treating diseases, infections, or viruses of the cardiopulmonary system, such as lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and pneumonia. RTs may also provide life-saving care to trauma patients. They are often found in acute-care hospital settings, including the emergency room, the intensive care unit, the newborn or pediatric intensive care unit, or the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory. They work with patients of all ages, from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs, to senior citizens with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Today’s respiratory therapists have demanding responsibilities related to patient care and serve as vital members of the healthcare team.
Respiratory therapists can:
- Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
- Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs for easier breathing.
- Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
- Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
They are an invaluable part of overall health and wellness, and at Michigan Instruments, we work hard to provide these individuals with tools they can use to train, test, and improve products, treatments, and processes for their patients.
Our Test Lung Simulators have been used by ventilator manufacturers and respiratory therapists to validate, calibrate and train staff on ventilator equipment. Recently introducing our Head Simulation Modules, these devices offer additional training and testing options for respiratory care products. Test Lung Simulators are fully adjustable and mimic the human pulmonary system, providing real-time feedback. They effectively simulate patient activity and response to the treatment being used, making them ideal simulators to use for product testing, validation and professional training.
These Training & Test Lungs are used in many colleges, universities and training schools around the world, helping professionals in respiratory care perfect their discipline, become better trained in their field, and develop new ground-breaking ways to improve the health of future patients. We work in sync with these specialists, partnering with them to make a difference in the lives of everyone.
Promote Respiratory Care Week at your facility and within your community. Here’s how.
Download AARC’s Respiratory Care Week Planning Guide to help you organize fun events for your facilities and community. This guide outlines ideas surrounding:
- Staff Recognition Events
- Staff Activities
- Facility Activities
- Recruiting Future RTs
- RT College Student Activities
- Community Activities
- Public Relations Activities
Be active on social media through the week! Be sure to post your #RCWeek18 photos on your Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn site too! Tag your posts #RCWeek18.
And remember, no matter where respiratory therapists work—from neonatal-pediatrics to acute care and more—they save lives and dedicate themselves to improving lung health for all patients because #BreathingMatters. We salute you!