Respiratory Therapists in the Emergency Department

Patients are at risk for unanticipated injury or illness requiring emergency services.  This is why Emergency Departments rely on Respiratory Therapists for their expertise in a wide range of cardiopulmonary treatment modalities. The Respiratory Therapist’s skills in assessment, airway management, resuscitation, patient education and mechanical ventilation are essential for optimizing care of the compromised patient.

To provide the quality of care our patients deserve while reducing the risk of liability in health care institutions, the AARC recommends the use of qualified Respiratory Therapists trained in patient management and complex respiratory care modalities to provide safe and effective treatment for the highest risk patients with cardiopulmonary compromise in all Emergency Department settings.

Effective 04/2012