Respiratory Care Scope of Practice

Respiratory Therapists are health care professionals whose responsibilities include patient assessment, disease management, diagnostic evaluation, management, education, rehabilitation and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. The scope of practice includes the application of technology and the use of protocols across all care sites including, but not limited to, the hospital, clinic, physician’s office, rehabilitation facility, skilled nursing facility and the patient’s home.

Definition of Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health and wellness. Respiratory Therapists employ scientific principles to identify, treat and prevent acute or chronic dysfunction or the cardiopulmonary system.

*According to the AACR (American Association for Respiratory Care)