respiratory care practitioner

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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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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