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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics

Respiratory Care (also known as Respiratory Therapy) provides centralized respiratory technology, equipment and staffing resources to UWHC patients and staff 24 hours a day. These services are provided under the management of the Director of Respiratory Care Services, with oversight by the Respiratory Care Committee and medical direction as appointed by Medical Affairs.


Scope of services

Assessment and Patient Instructions

Respiratory patient treatment, diagnostic or monitoring procedures require either a written order in the patient chart or the CPOE system; or the RCP can implement duly approved medical protocol or critical pathway. Initiation, progress and termination of respiratory therapy orders, as well as patient progress, are charted by RCPs in the permanent chart.


How do we evaluate a patient for home O2?

Contact the therapist on duty for your area. An ambulatory pulse oximetry will be scheduled no sooner than 48 hours prior to discharge.

How do we order home O2 for a patient?

Contact the discharge planner on your unit.

What does an order for "RT Protocol" mean?

An order for "RT Protocol" means that the therapist will assess and treat the patient according to evidence-based, best practice guidelines.


Medical Record Forms

Oxygen Resources