THE QUINTESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Central Florida Health News|December 2020
Demand for Respiratory Therapists On Rise Amid COVID-19
TERESA SCHIFFER

Inhale…exhale…

Many of us take the ease of breathing for granted. We breathe in and out all day and night, rarely giving the life-sustaining act a second thought. All that changes when we come down with sinus congestion or respiratory infection that leaves us struggling for breath. Now imagine that instead of a simple cold or allergy attack, you have a more serious condition, such as asthma, emphysema, or COVID-19. Suddenly, breathing becomes a struggle for survival.

Respiratory therapists are a vital member of the clinical team that delivers the treatments to help ease your suffering and promote your recovery. Hubert Decilian is one such professional who could be on your treatment team. Declan is a registered respiratory therapist at Winter Haven Hospital and also teaches students in the Respiratory Care program at Polk State College.

Respiratory therapists are an integral part of a medical team. They act as life-support specialists and are trained to provide a wide variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients who are struggling with lung or heart disorders. Respiratory therapists help their patients by administering appropriate medications through the mist, dry powder, or inhalers, by assisting with lung exercises, intubating patients as needed, and much more.

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