#RTSTRONG | New Videos Highlight Respiratory Therapy as Essential to Patient Care  

 Published: June 17, 2021

By: Heather Willden

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Respiratory disease is nothing new. Since the days of 1918 Flu, through pulmonary tuberculosis, SARS and H1N1, and even Katrina, respiratory therapy has been there for them all. Together we’ve faced events challenging our lung health. And you, the respiratory therapist, have been there, working to save lives.

Most recently, the heroic efforts of RTs working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have made its way to communities everywhere. Our friends and colleagues outside the profession have learned that RTs are an essential part of the critical care teams helping all patients. Your unique skills and expertise, and your work in managing the ventilators, has made its way to headlines across the world.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought the respiratory therapy profession into our community’s forefront like never before,” said AARC President and CEO Sheri Tooley, BSRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC. “Like many health care professionals working on the front lines of the pandemic, respiratory therapists worked tirelessly and selflessly to help patients everywhere. Respiratory therapists are essential to patients in all care settings. You provide unique, specialized skills to the patients you care for. And for that, we say thank you. Thank you to respiratory therapists everywhere for your commitment to saving lives every day.”

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Because of this, the AARC, in partnership with Medtronic, developed two special videos to highlight the profession and the work respiratory therapists do each day. It also serves as a call to our communities to take time to thank a respiratory therapist.

“We have a long-standing partnership with the AARC and are proud to partner on the ‘Thank an RT’ campaign,” said Quan Golomb, senior ventilation marketing director of the Respiratory Interventions business, which is part of the Medical Surgical Portfolio at Medtronic. “The pandemic highlighted the importance of the respiratory therapist profession, and the value of clinical expertise to patient outcomes. This an important public awareness campaign to honor the front-line heroes within the profession.”

The AARC asks that you share these videos on your social channels. It is our hope that the videos will help increase community awareness of the profession and highlight the essential role the respiratory therapist has played in patient care, during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Communications Manager for the AARC where she develops strategic content for the association and respiratory therapists everywhere. Connect with her about public relations and stories on Twitter or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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