Please forward this error screen to 54. Anatomy and physiology for therapists and healthcare professionals pdf clinician auscultating the chest of a pediatric patient. A respiratory therapist is a specialized healthcare practitioner trained in pulmonary medicine in order to work therapeutically with people suffering from pulmonary disease, who has graduated from a university and passed a national board certifying examination. Respiratory therapists work most often in intensive care and operating rooms, but are also found in outpatient clinics and home-health environments.


Respiratory therapists are specialists and educators in cardiology and pulmonology. Respiratory therapists initiate and manage life support for people in intensive care units and emergency departments, stabilizing, treating and managing pre-hospital and hospital-to-hospital patient transport by air or ground ambulance.

In the outpatient setting Respiratory Therapists work as educators in asthma clinics, ancillary clinical staff in pediatric clinics, and sleep-disorder diagnosticians in sleep-clinics. They also serve as clinical providers in cardiology clinics and cath-labs. Respiratory therapists educate, diagnose, and treat people who are suffering from heart and lung problems.