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the university of kansas medical center

The University of Kansas Medical Center

Respiratory Care Education

what is respiratory care
What is Respiratory Care?
  • Respiratory Care is the health profession that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health
  • Respiratory therapists prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system
more about respiratory care
More about Respiratory Care
  • Respiratory therapists care for newborn infants, children, adults, and the elderly
  • Career opportunities are excellent for respiratory therapists, and salaries are competitive with other health professions
respiratory therapists have an in depth knowledge of
Cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology

Patient assessment and cardiopulmonary diagnostics

Pulmonary disease

Advanced life support and critical care

Pharmacology

Biomedical engineering and technology

Respiratory Therapists have an in depth knowledge of:
respiratory therapists effectively
Respiratory therapists effectively
  • Assess
  • Educate
  • Treat patients with Heart and lung problems
respiratory patient care is focused on
Respiratory Patient care is focused on:
  • prevention
  • assessment
  • diagnostic evaluation
  • treatment
  • management
  • patient education
what do respiratory therapists do
What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?
  • Respiratory therapists apply:
    • Critical thinking
    • Patient/environment assessment skills
    • Evidence based clinical practice skills
  • Respiratory therapists:
    • Develop and implement effective care plans
    • Apply patient driven protocols
    • Utilize disease-based clinical pathways
    • Implement disease management programs
    • Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures
what breathing disorders do respiratory therapists treat
What Breathing Disorders Do Respiratory Therapists Treat?
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chest Trauma
  • Pneumonia
where do respiratory therapists work
Where Do Respiratory Therapists Work?
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities
  • Patient’s homes
  • Patient transport services
  • Physician offices
  • Retirement centers
  • Educational/Research institutions, including colleges and universities

Rynda Matlock, RRT

KUMC Respiratory Therapist

respiratory therapists work in the icu
Respiratory Therapists Work in the ICU
  • Adult, pediatric, neonatal ICUs
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Life-support
  • Arterial blood gases
  • Physiologic monitoring
  • Airway care
  • Intubation
  • Oxygen, aerosol therapy

Former KUMC Graduate, Greg Baker, RRT

respiratory therapists perform diagnostic services
Respiratory Therapists Perform Diagnostic Services
  • Arterial blood gas analysis
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Sleep studies
  • EKGs and cardiac tests
  • Sputum specimens
  • Stress and exercise testing

Former KUMC Graduate

Chad Sanner, RRT

respiratory therapists perform therapeutic procedures
Respiratory Therapists Perform Therapeutic Procedures
  • Oxygen administration
  • Medication administration
  • Airway clearance
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Lung expansion therapy
  • mechanical ventilator management
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management
  • Smoking cessation
in summary
In Summary. . .

Respiratory Therapists work to

evaluate, treat, and care for patients with

lung and heart disorders

kumc respiratory care
KUMC Respiratory Care
  • The KUMC Respiratory Care program is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus located in Kansas City, KS
  • The department of Respiratory Care Education is part of the School of Allied Health
  • The Respiratory Care program is one of many programs that are offered in affiliation with the KUMC Hospital and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS
why choose kumc s respiratory care program
Why choose KUMC’s Respiratory Care program?
  • Only about 30 schools in the nation offer baccalaureate programs for respiratory care
  • At KU Medical Center, you will Encounter a broad range of health-care problems in an urban setting
  • You’ll learn about therapies on the cutting edge of research and technology
  • Your clinical experiences will be broad and comprehensive
why choose kumc s respiratory care program17
Why choose KUMC’s Respiratory Care program?
  • KU offers a B.S. degree with the option to specialize in:
    • pulmonary rehabilitation, perinatology, adult critical care, management, education, sleep disorders, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • The Specialty practicum allows you to:
    • experience the work place to refine those competencies usually not acquired until after graduation.
  • During your clinical rotations, you’ll be exposed to:
    • large and small health care facilities in the metropolitan area, each offering their own unique qualities and clinical experiences.
the department of respiratory care education faculty
the Department of Respiratory Care Education Faculty
  • have 115 years of experience in respiratory care combined
    • Few respiratory care programs have faculty with even 18 years of combined teaching experience
  • are dedicated to developing students who have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide the highest quality of patient care
  • give Each student the opportunity to learn the theories of practice and to develop the competencies necessary to perform at the highest therapeutic level
applying to the respiratory care program
Applying to the Respiratory Care program
  • Whether you are applying as a high school or transfer student, check out this website:
    • http://www.admissions.ku.edu/
  • Or contact the Respiratory Care Advisor at the University of Kansas medical center:
    • Paul Mathewspmathews﹫kumc.edu
  • Check out the prerequisites for the Respiratory Care program at:
    • www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/preregs.html
  • Check out Financial Aid Options:
    • www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu/finanaid.html
for a kumc respiratory student a typical day may consist of
For a KUMC Respiratory Student a typical day may consist of :
  • Critical Care class
  • Ventilator Lab
  • Clinical Rotation in the Pediatric Unit at KUMC
  • A rotation at an affiliate hospital in the Kansas City area
  • Attending a symposium on cutting edge medical technology
at kumc students gain experience in a variety of areas
At KUMC Students gain experience in a variety of areas:
  • Medical and surgical areas of the hospital
  • Intensive care units (adult, pediatric, neonatal)
  • Emergency room
  • Patient transport
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management
  • Cardiopulmonary diagnostics (pulmonary function testing, sleep lab, exercise testing, invasive and non-invasive cardiology)
  • Outpatient clinics and physician’s offices
  • Home care
how does the job market look for respiratory therapists
How Does the Job Market Look for Respiratory Therapists?
  • The United States government predicts that respiratory care will be one of the 10 fastest growing careers from now on until 2010
  • BLS projects a 42.6% increase in demand for respiratory therapists for the period 1998-2008
  • Family Money Magazine lists Respiratory Care among the top 50 careers for the 21st century (January/February 2000, p. 52)
the need for rt s is growing due to
The need for RTs is growing due to:
  • large increase in the elderly population
  • environmental impact on

diseases such as asthma

  • smoking and COPD
  • technological advances in treatment of cardiopulmonary disease
  • advances in treatment of

premature babies

Tom Lindgren, RRT

KUMC Respiratory Therapist

how much do respiratory therapists make
How Much Do Respiratory Therapists Make?
  • Salary varies with educational degree and years of experience
  • Supervisors, clinical specialists, and department managers tend to have higher salaries
  • In hospitals, median annual salaries for respiratory therapists in 2000 were $38,040 according to the BLS
is respiratory care for me
Is Respiratory Care For Me?
  • A career as a respiratory therapist can provide:
    • a great job at a good salary
    • job security
    • the opportunity to help others
    • recognition, respect, and appreciation
    • a sense of accomplishment
  • A rewarding career for life
a career as a respiratory therapist provides
A career as a Respiratory Therapist provides:
  • the ability to make a difference in peoples’ lives
  • interesting and meaningful work
  • a high tech and exciting career
  • a people oriented profession
  • the opportunity to become a respected member of the health CARE team
  • A life and breath career for you!
when should i start thinking about a career in respiratory care
When Should I Start Thinking About a Career in Respiratory Care?
  • NOW!
  • Visit the KU Medical Center Respiratory Care website: http://www.respiratorycare.kumc.edu
  • Call the KU Medical Center Respiratory Education Department for more information

(913) 588-4630

  • Request info at:

KU Respiratory CareAttn: Admissions coordinator 3901 Rainbow Boulevard4006 Delp BuildingKansas City, Kansas 66160-7606

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