What is a Respiratory therapist?

Respiratory therapists are a vital member of the healthcare team. They work alongside doctors and nurses to ensure the adequacy of the respiratory system. The respiratory therapist works with patients of all ages- from the premature infant with underdeveloped lungs to the elderly suffering the effects of chronic lung disease. Anyone in need of help to treatment or prevent lung disease is in need of the services of a Respiratory Therapist

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s full service Cardio Pulmonary department treats patients with breathing problems and offers a complete range of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing and analysis.  We perform a number of procedures daily to assist physicians in accurately diagnosing illnesses and conditions.

Respiratory Therapy concentrates upon the treatment and care of those patients whose ability to breathe has been compromised through lifestyle, disease, or accident.

The department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by licensed/registered therapists. 

Competency:
The capability of each respiratory care practitioner is verified annually through skills testing.

Continuing Education:
Each member of our clinical team is required to augment their professional competence by accumulating 15 continuing education credits every 2 years. RSS