With over 25 percent of the patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital relying on the assistance of a ventilator, the Hospital staffs more than 40 respiratory therapist specialists who work with patients to improve overall lung function. October 21 through 27 is designated as National Respiratory Care Week, which recognizes the dedication of respiratory therapists across the country.
The respiratory therapists work with many patients that cannot manage their own airways. They perform cough assist, vest therapy, routine tracheostomy tube changes, administer inhaled medications, and monitor and manage the ventilators. Ventilators are a vital piece of equipment at the Hospital. Each ventilator cost $13,000 and must be turned in for preventative maintenance every 10,000 hours.
“A rewarding part of being an respiratory therapist is working closely with the providers to successfully wean the children from their ventilator. We assist speech language pathologists to help these children learn how to breathe while swallowing, eating or talking,” said Dawn Ayala, director of respiratory therapy, The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.
Did you Know?
– The Hospital is currently a clinical site for three local schools, Rose State College, Francis Tuttle and Autry Technical Center.
– Over 70 students a year rotate through the Hospital completing their clinicals.
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