- Respir Care. 2009 May;54(5):587-94.
Cystic fibrosis and the respiratory therapist: a 50-year perspective.
Department of Health Professions, Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown OH 44555. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of the respiratory therapist in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis has expanded throughout the years. As key members of the multidisciplinary team, respiratory therapists actively participate in the medical management of patients with cystic fibrosis along the continuum of care, from acute in-patient stays to the out-patient clinic and/or home setting. Through their involvement in diagnostic testing, administering therapy, or direct bedside care, patient and caregiver education, and disease management, respiratory therapists strive to preserve lung function, maintain overall health, and improve the patient's quality of life.
PMID: 19393103 [PubMed - in process]