I keep seeing a lot of graphics and such popping up about doctors’ and nurses’ service right now, which is lovely. I’m happy to see more and more acknowledgement of hospital/nursing home housekeepers and laundry as well as cafeteria/food service, incredibly important and often very unseen groups of workers. They work beyond hard and a huge amount of infection control in facilities comes down to what they do on a daily basis.
One group of workers I’ve seen overlooked at times recently is the respiratory therapists (RTs).
I’ve been incredibly privileged to work with the most amazing RTs over the years, both from a professional standpoint and from a personal one. They’re the ones adjusting ventilator settings, checking endotracheal tubes, monitoring oxygen settings, checking tracheostomies, setting up hi-flow systems, and doing breathing treatments – plus about a million other things. They were the ones in NICU who were adjusting c-pap, checking and adjusting E’s hi-flow settings, finding flow meters that could give the tiniest liter flows as we weaned her off, and generally checking her ability to oxygenate properly.
In short, they are awesome. Absolutely necessary and totally key in the fight against a virus that is hugely a respiratory issue. Really, there are not enough thanks for everything they do.
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