The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is assigned to the Pulmonary section within DHSM (Hospital and Specialty Medicine Division). The RRT serves as a member of the care team and provides care for ICU and inpatient veterans. The specific assignments are dependent on facility structure and complexity levels. They use data and patient assessment to establish appropriate plan of care and determine if outcomes are being met. They consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure quality of patient care within area of specialty. They manage and maintain the airway and ventilation of the patient using appropriate mechanical means. RRTs determine and implement complex respiratory care such as protocols, respiratory modalities, bronchoscopy, medications or supp
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