Every Breath is Important:
Between 17,000 and 27,000 times a day the average person does this without even thinking about it. It’s an essential action to our very existence. For many people, that little breath can be incredible difficult, if not impossible without assistance from medication or machinery, or gifted respiratory therapists.
Respiratory Therapists work under the direction of primary doctors and in conjunction with nurses and other medical staff. They work with all types of patients, from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to the elderly people with advanced lung disease, asthma, sleep apnea, and everything in between.
Patients, who are recovering from extensive surgery, long term illnesses, or chronic diseases like asthma or COPD, may need continuing respiratory therapy once they return home.
There are specific types of equipment that therapists might use, whether in the hospital or at home, to administer oxygen or medicine to the lungs to help the patient breathe easier. Some equipment is as simple as an Incentive Spirometer, which is used to help practice deep breathing and aids in keeping the lungs clear. Some are as complicated as a Ventilator, which mechanically circulates fresh air into the lungs and expels the used air for someone who is unable to breathe on their own.
Despite the pain or fear associated with breathing issues, it’s important to follow the exercises and recommendations of the Respiratory Therapist. Tell them of any pain or problems so they can completely assess the problems and supply the best treatment. Keep in mind; they do anything possible to help a person breathe.