respiratory care practitioner


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respiratory care practitioner

a health professional with special training and experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory disorders. The respiratory care practitioner typically does not diagnose but must be competent with patient assessment in a variety of clinical settings.

res·pi·ra·to·ry care prac·ti·tion·er

(RCP) (res'pir-ă-tōr-ē kār prak-tish'ŏn-ĕr)
An allied health care professional who works under the direction of a physician, educating patients, treating, assessing patient response to therapy and the need for continued therapy, and managing and monitoring patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of cardiopulmonary function; applied by licensing authorities to those licensed to practice.
Synonym(s): respiratory therapist.
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During the introduction of a point-of-care blood gas/electrolyte testing program, the respiratory care practitioner who is proficient in blood gas analysis is a valuable consultant while clinicians, laboratorians, and others are being trained to work with the instruments.
Each nurse and Respiratory Care practitioner were free to chose among the three immobilizers.
Additional easy reference guides were quickly printed and attached to the ventilators, Being aware that if these vents were going to be needed for patients, it would be an impossible task to in-service every Respiratory Care Practitioner with such a short notice.
I'm very concerned about the looming crisis awaiting our hospital and our patients," said Michael Fenison, a unionized Respiratory Care Practitioner at Centinela Hospital.
Now it's time for our brothers and sisters at HCA hospitals to get the same," said Stan Lyles, who has worked for 33 years as a Respiratory Care Practitioner at CHW/Northridge Medical Center.
Critical diagnostic thinking is an essential attribute of the capable respiratory care practitioner.
Any patient identified with pneumonia was interviewed and their medical chart reviewed by a Research Respiratory Care Practitioner to confirm that enrollment criteria were met.
Appearing with Rosselli at a news conference at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were several Sutter caregivers, including Denny Henriques, a respiratory care practitioner at Sutter Delta who said the Mediator's compromise proposal offered the best hope for both parties.
The authors believe that every respiratory care practitioner should consider both volume and pressure control ventilation to be "conventional".
No caregiver ever wants to strike, but Sutter has left us no choice," said Denny Enriques, a respiratory care practitioner with Sutter Delta for 16 years.
We are glad that our protests got the attention of the Board of Trustees," said registered respiratory care practitioner LaVerne Grant.
Multiple Respiratory Care Practitioner In-Services were given.