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Is the cartoon a joke ? May be offending... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:01, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

I've wondered about this as well. Surely we can find a more appropriate picture for the site that explains our profession. Cglion (talk) 21:48, 14 March 2012 (UTC)
Done - Photo removed, though I don't agree that it is "offending" I do agree that it is not an appropriate representation of the article topic. | pulmonological talkcontribs 20:52, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Education and credentialing[edit]

Education and credentialing need further detail, and this article needs more information overall. (talk) 01:07, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Done - Lots of growth in this article but there is always room to grow, so feel free to add appropriate content. | pulmonological talkcontribs 20:53, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Discussion clean slate[edit]

The discussion page was being used as a discussion forum and not as it is intended, so clean slate. (talk) 01:07, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Occupational Outlook[edit]

In the United States, Respiratory therapists held about 122,000 jobs in 2006. About 79 percent of jobs were in hospitals, mainly in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services. Holding a second job is relatively common for respiratory therapists. About 12 percent held another job, compared with 5 percent of workers in all occupations.[1]

  • Should this be included since it may be a variable figure that is out-dated rapidly? (talk) 21:36, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

history of respiratory therapy[edit]

the timeline has its own article now, which I feel makes it very clean but now we're left without a history section.Je.rrt (talk) 13:16, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Done | pulmonological talkcontribs 20:54, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

external links[edit]

the following are links I removed because I think they are probably unnecessary. Je.rrt (talk) 02:16, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Additional External links[edit]


The symbol currently posted is not one I have ever seen. Granted I have not been an RT very long, its also weird and choppy. Are there any other symbols that better represent Respiratory Care? Kastyn.rrt (talk) 12:41, 3 November 2011 (UTC)


Should there be a separation eventually between Respiratory Therapist and Respiratory Therapy? Pulmonological (talk) 04:53, 30 November 2011 (UTC)

Yes, I think that there should be. Cglion (talk) 21:39, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

Regulatory bodies in Canada[edit]

  • British Columbia – CSRT
  • Alberta – CARTA
  • Saskatchewan – SCRT
  • Manitoba – MARRT
  • Ontario – CRTO
  • Quebec – OPIQ/CSRT
  • New Brunswick – NBART
  • Nova Scotia - NSCRT
  • Prince Edward Island – CSRT
  • Newfoundland – CSRT

I didn't know if this was appropriate to even include, because the 49 regulatory bodies in the United States aren't included and im not sure its even encyclopedic. Pulmonological (talk) 12:43, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

I don't think that it's important other than stating that each province has it's own regulatory body, with some being regulated directly by the CSRT. Cglion (talk) 21:38, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
I was sortof trying to put together a Canada section for the As a career section but I am not entirely sure how respiratory care is regulated in Canada. Do you have any insight? pulmonological 04:28, 24 December 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pulmonological (talkcontribs)
Sorry, I missed this comment earlier. I'll take a read over the regulation section and make sure the Canadian parts are accurate. Cglion (talk) 14:20, 7 February 2012 (UTC)


I'll be adding a list of resp. therapy drugs and their associated categories for later linking to pages for those drugs; please avoid editing the section "Pharmacology" Until finished. Thanks --Fraulein451 (talk) 05:37, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

While I do agree that respiratory pharmacology is an important part of respiratory care, I think that it would be better to have a separate page that deals with respiratory pharmacology. The main page seems to be getting quite long. What do you guys think? Cglion (talk) 14:17, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
I agree with Cglion This article is about the profession that is Respiratory Care (Respiratory Therapy) and as such primarily discusses the professional preparation and utilization of respiratory therapists in healthcare. Specific treatments for various medical problems aren't really applicable. | pulmonological talkcontribs 16:20, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Pharmacology Updates[edit]

Pharmacology is an important part of this subject! It's under construction right now, and you're welcome to add citations or links. I'll be back to finish soon. --Fraulein451 (talk) 07:32, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

As discussed above, respiratory therapy is a profession and though respiratory pharmacology is incredibly important to the profession it should be discussed in a separate and appropriate article. | pulmonological talkcontribs 16:24, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

I appreciate the suggestion, I'll start another page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fraulein451 (talkcontribs) 05:30, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Capitalization of profession title[edit]

Hey Pulmonological. I agree with the last changes that you made (practitioner -> therapist). To go one step further, I think we should be more consistent with the capitalization of the term "respiratory therapist" -- sometimes it is Respiratory Therapist, sometimes Respiratory therapist, and sometimes respiratory therapist. I think that in most cases it should not be capitalized, unless we are specifically referring to the credential, a professional body, or something similar. What do you think? -- Cglion (talk) 00:48, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

I agree, I think I messed up appropriate capitalization in my changes. In other text it should be "Respiratory Therapist" but the wikipedia manual of style is that it should be "respiratory therapist", much like "physical therapist" in wikipedia and "Physical Therapist" elsewhere. | pulmonological talkcontribs 02:08, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
I can go through and change it in a few days when I am done exams, unless you get to it first. -- Cglion (talk) 02:22, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Therapy, not Therapist[edit]

So i'm still looking for what the therapy is. Bad article. Total cop out.Longinus876 (talk) 14:17, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists