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Respiratory Therapists


Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment. [SOC] Cases of occupational asthma were due to an unidentified agent. [Malo] A cross-sectional study of 2086 respiratory therapists showed a prevalence of physician diagnosed asthma of 7.4% in RTs and 2.6% in referents. The authors concluded: strong association between working as an RT and the subsequent development of asthma. (Christiani & Kern, 1993)



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