Respiratory therapy is a vital component of health care. For
any patient initial medical care begins with assessment of the ABCs: Airway, Breathing,
and Circulation. Respiratory therapy
includes key components of airway and breathing support. The objective
is the care of all types of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.
Functions of the respiratory therapist include emergency care, airway
management, ventilatory support, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol
therapies, chest physiotherapy, physiologic monitoring, and pulmonary diagnostics.