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About Us

Respiratory Therapists are highly skilled health care professionals.  They have specialized medical expertise and use their knowledge and skills to provide safe, high-quality care.  If you have medical problems that may be caused by cardiorespiratory or respiratory-related issues, Respiratory Therapists are the experts who will work with you to diagnose, treat, and manage your condition.   ​​​​​​​

Services

Where do Respiratory Therapist work at TOH?

  • Intensive Care unit
  • Emergency department
  • NICU
  • General Wards
  • Rehabilitation- CANVent clinic
  • Pulmonary Function labs, sleep labs
  • Hyperbaric Unit
  • Operation rooms (special designation AA)

What does a Respiratory Therapist do?

  • Are members of interprofessional health care teams
  • Are members of resuscitation and rapid response teams
  • Assess and treat patients who have breathing difficulties
  • Perform a variety of interventions to support the cardiopulmonary system
  • Administer various medical gases
  • Conduct Cardiopulmonary function testing to diagnose, track and manage cases of respiratory disease
  • Provide and maintain mechanical ventilators for patients suffering form respiratory failure
  • Provide respiratory care for both mother and baby in high-risk deliveries
  • Assist patients who require long-term ventilation to return to their homes
  • Keep patients stable and breathing during transitions within or between health care facilities
  • Perform and assist with the insertion of artificial airways and invasive lines
  • Provide education to patients/clients, students and other members of the health care team
  • Assis in delivery of anesthesia

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Last updated on: February 11th, 2022