Scope of services
- Life support modalities: Mechanical ventilation with monitoring and weaning, continuous CPAP and CPR support
- Medical gas administration: Oxygen, helium, and nitric oxide gas
- Diagnostic and monitoring services: Spirometry, oximetry, capnography, and other physiologic measurements
- Respiratory therapy treatments: Volume expansion therapies, airway clearance therapies, aerosolized bronchodilator medication delivery, sputum induction, suctioning and related procedures
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.
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