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What is Respiratory Care Therapy?

Respiratory Care is a healthcare discipline that specializes in the provision of skilled treatments, disease management and health promotion, for optimum cardiopulmonary function. Respiratory care clinicians employ scientific principles to identify, treat and prevent acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardio-respiratory system. Respiratory clinicians at HSC Pediatric Center practice under the medical direction of the Chief Medical Officer.

What do we do at The HSC Pediatric Center?

At The HSC Pediatric Center, respiratory care clinicians provide professional care and management to the pediatric/perinatal and young adult patient populations to restore or maintain cardiopulmonary effectiveness and stability. Provided care is designed to optimize the patient’s potential for independence during their rehabilitation and progression through activities of daily living. Respiratory therapy facilitates effective breathing through medical gas administration, provision of aerosolized medication, pulmonary toilet and mechanical ventilation per individualized need. By supporting the patient-specific care and management plans, respiratory care clinicians help the infants, children and young adults with special needs live their lives to the fullest.

Individualized respiratory care and therapy programs may address:

  • Patient assessment and recommendations
  • Non-invasive monitoring
  • Assurance/maintenance of a patent airway (artificial airways)
  • Ventilator management
  • Pulmonary muscle strengthening and conditioning exercises
  • Participation in patient care plan management
  • Equipment in-servicing, training and maintenance
  • Activities of daily living training (i.e. airway care, portable mechanical ventilation)

Respiratory therapists are involved in the following programs at The HSC Pediatric Center:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Medical gas administration
  • Medication administration (aerosolized)
  • Desaturation studies
  • Outpatient services support
  • Patient and family education
  • Clinical rounds
  • Clinical protocols/clinical pathways
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Open Airways for Schools

Professional Credentials:

All respiratory care therapists at The HSC Pediatric Center have graduated from an accredited college or university, are credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care, and licensed by the District of Columbia Department of Health. Additional staff certifications/credentials include: Advanced/Basic Life Support, Pediatric/Perinatal Specialists, Pulmonary Function Technologist, Cardiographic Technician and Cardiovascular Technologist.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Maryland/D.C. Society for Respiratory Care
  • Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • American Lung Association

HSC Pediatric Center is designated as a "Quality Respiratory Care Recognition" Hospital by the American Association for Respiratory Care