Clinical practice guidelines are developed by experts and form the basis for development of patient driven protocols delivered by respiratory therapists care of the ventilator circuit and its relation to ventilator associated pneumonia 2003 discharge planning for the respiratory care patient 1995 pdf exercise testing for . The clinical practicum is designed to provide clinical knowledge and in depth experience in delivering all modes of respiratory therapy in various clinical settings to include wards intensive care units pulmonary function laboratory home care settings pulmonary rehabilitation and sleep laboratory. Documentation and communication of ventilator set tings by respiratory therapists to other members of the health care team these practices have not been studied in 1992 the american association for respiratory care aarc published cpgs for patient ventilator system checks by respiratory therapists18 to our. The need for mechanical ventilation is a common feature of the patient requiring admission to the intensive care unit icu indeed the expansion and increased sophistication of the mechanical ventilator parallels similar developments in the respiratory therapy profession. Selection and use of appropriate techniques require an understanding of respiratory mechanics there are numerous indications for endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation see table situations requiring airway control but in general mechanical ventilation should be considered when
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