Maine Society for Respiratory Care
 The practice of respiratory therapy encompasses activities in:
  • Diagnostic evaluation
  • Therapy
  • Education of the patient, family and public.

These activities are supported by education, research and administration.
Diagnostic activities include but are not limited to:

  • Obtaining and analyzing physiological specimens
  • Interpreting physiological data
  • Performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system
  • Performing neurophysiologic studies
  • Performing sleep disorder studies.

Therapy includes but is not limited to application and monitoring of:

  • Medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases)
  • Environmental control systems
  • Mechanical ventilator support
  • Artificial airway care
  • Bronchopulmonary hygiene
  • Pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Hemodynamic cardiovascular support

The focus of patient and family education activities is to promote knowledge of disease process, medical therapy and self-help. Public education activities focus on the promotion of cardiopulmonary wellness.

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