Respiratory Therapy

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Future of Respiratory Therapy

By entering the field of respiratory therapy, one is entering a growing field of opportunity. There are continually emergent job opportunities in this field whereas there is also a rise of growth in the technology and developments in the field such as medicines, techniques, and other aspects.

Respiratory therapy refers to both a subject area within clinical medicine and to a distinct health care profession. During the 20th century, there were many health care fundamental transformations. Here are 10 possible predictions of what may occur in the future of respiratory care: (1) Less focus on raising PaO2 as a primary goal in managing patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. (2) More attention to the adequacy of tissue oxygenation in such patients, irrespective of PPaO2, and the emergence of "permissive hypoxemia," analogous to permissive hypercapnia, in managing them. (3) Smarter monitors that display information less but process it more, while interacting directly with ventilators and other devices to modify therapeutic interventions. (4) Increased use of and expertise with noninvasive ventilation, with a corresponding decrease in intubations and complications, in treating patients with acute exacerbations of COPD. (5) Increased use of triage in the intensive care unit, including earlier determination of the appropriateness of maximal supportive intervention. (6) Greater use of protocols in patient assessment and management, in all clinical settings. (7) Increased awareness of, expertise in, and resources for palliative care, with a more active and acknowledged role for respiratory therapists. (8) Accelerating progress in smoking cessation and prevention, and in early detection and intervention in COPD, led by the respiratory care profession. (9) An increasing presence and impact of respiratory therapists as coordinators and care givers in home care. (10) A continued and enlarging role for the journal RESPIRATORY CARE in disseminating research findings, clinical practice guidelines, protocols, and practical educational materials in all areas of the field.

The future of careers of respiratory therapists is also on the rise. Regardless of which level of education or credentialing one may choose there will be many opportunities within this field of study. The profession has grown quickly since its inception in the 1940s and demand for respiratory therapists in continually on the rise. Coupled with the ever-increasing number of lung disorders being diagnosed, those demands ensure that individuals who enter the profession will enjoy good career opportunities. Respiratory therapy is a growing field, driven by the aging population and rise in respiratory ailments and cardiopulmic diseases. Statistics say our population is aging, so not only will respiratory therapists always have work, but also advancement placement opportunities as the baby boomers began to retire and become patients. Respiratory therapists will be in demand for a long time, and it is Obvious what happens to wages when demand exceeds supply. In 2000, respiratory therapists were making approximately $38,000 – in 2001, of nearly 83,000 respiratory therapists employed, half of them earned over $48,000. It is expected that within the next ten years the respiratory field will grow not just as fast, but at a rate of twice as fast as the average growth of most occupations. By 2010, the Bureau of Labor Services statistics predicts the demand of respiratory therapists to increase by one third. Judging by most graduates of the program one will be able to choose from multiple job offers with sign-on bonuses and will have a starting salary of $42,000.00 or higher.

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