Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapists

Man in hospital bed receiving a respiratory therapy treatment

  • Respiratory therapists (RTs) specialize in the assessment and treatment of breathing difficulties that can occur following TBI.
  • RTs may have an Associate's degree (A.A.), Bachelor's degree (B.A.) or Master's degree (M.A.). RTs may be most likely to be involved in the early period of care following TBI.
    • RTs work hospital settings, monitoring patient breathing and managing equipment used to treat breathing difficulties.
  • Specific care performed by RTs can include:
    • Administering oxygen
    • Managing ventilators
    • Administering medications to the lungs
    • Monitoring cardiopulmonary systems
    • Measuring lung function
    • Teaching breathing exercises
    • Providing counseling about lung functioning / breathing difficulties