This is National Respiratory Care Week, an opportunity to acknowledge and thank respiratory therapists throughout the country for their important contributions to patient care. Here at BIDMC, we have two broad groups of therapists, the adult RTs and the ones who take care of the new babies in our neonatal intensive care unit.
I have written before about the wonderful work that goes on in the NICU and also about the spectacular teamwork that has dramatically reduced the rate of ventilator associated pneumonia in our hospital. The respiratory therapists are at the center of those programs, and so much else. We appreciate what they do, and their kindness and expertise in taking care of patients and in helping patient families understand what is happening during what can often be distressing clinical episodes.