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Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions

Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions

Cindy Mehallow, Monster Contributing Writer

RTs, Please, for Asthma

For asthmatics in an acute phase, RTs restore normal breathing through use of handheld inhalers, nebulizers and, if necessary, injections. These therapists really shine as they teach patients how to manage their disease.

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Research shows that RTs are the best qualified medical professionals to teach the nation’s approximately 20 million asthma sufferers how to correctly use their breathing equipment, says respiratory therapist Thomas J. Kallstrom, RRT, FAARC, director of respiratory care and echo/vascular services at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland.

“Asthma is our disease,” says Kallstrom, a certified asthma educator. “We provide essential information to help patients recuperate and to prepare them to never see us again. If they take their medication properly, they should never have to come to an emergency room.”

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