Respiratory Care Week

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Recently our Respiratory Care celebrated National Respiratory Care Week, recognizing respiratory therapists all across the nation and the important contributions they make to the nation’s health care system.

Sponsored every year by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Respiratory Care Week was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, and has been scheduled for the last full week in October ever since, to turn the spotlight on respiratory therapists and the work they do to bring compassionate care to those with breathing problems.   The 2017 theme for Respiratory Care Week was “Respiratory Therapists, Working Together, Saving Lives.”  The 2017 theme speaks to respiratory therapists working closely with physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to ensure patients receive safe and effective care.

At HRHS a total of 23 full time, part-time and prn therapists participate as a team to provide care to patients ranging in age from newborn to geriatric.  The team is composed of nationally certified and registered therapists, all licensed by the State of Missouri as Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs). They provide care, not only through the Respiratory Care Department, but also in the areas of ECG/Cardiodiagnostics, Neurodiagnostics, Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab and the Sleep Laboratory.  Thank you for all your work in guiding our patient’s to BETTER!

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