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Respiratory Therapy

We provide clinical and diagnostic expertise in both the in-patient and out-patient setting.

We are highly skilled health care professionals in the hospital health-care team, providing clinical and diagnostic expertise in both the in-patient and out-patient setting.​

Our work

The Respiratory Therapists working at BC Women's Hospital provide a broad spectrum of care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and on the Inpatient/Outpatient adult clinical care areas. 

Our primary work includes:

  • facilitating invasive/ non-invasive mechanical ventilation
  • interpretation of chest x-rays
  • assisting with airway maintenance (endotracheal/tracheostomy tubes)
  • procurement, analyzing & interpretation of arterial/capillary blood samples
  • manipulation of ventilation parameters based upon arterial/capillary blood gas results
  • members of code blue and trauma teams (Neonatal Resuscitaiton Program, Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications)
  • administration of medications, oxygen therapy and other specialty gases
  • assist with bronchoscopies
  • ensure the functional operation of invasive & non-invasive ventilators meet manufacturer's specifics prior to patient application
  • consultants for new and innovating respiratory care technologies (jet ventilation, filtering of patient exhales gases). 

The Home Tracheostomy Ventilation Program supports over 150 patients in communities across the province who have tracheostomies and/or home ventilation. These patients are seen in the Respiratory Clinic by Respirologists, Nurses and Respiratory Therapists for follow up and ongoing care.

 

Respiratory Therapists are trained as Extracorporeal Life Support Specialists (ECLS).  ECLS Specialists are the heart of the ECLS team and consist of Respiratory Therapists and Critcal Care Nurses and are responsible for the front line management of the ECLS patient and are confident in making clinical decisions based upon their extensive knowledge base and skill set. Respiratory Therapists who are trained in ECLS recieve an international recognized certification. 

 

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