Summary Respiratory Therapist in Canada
Find key facts and figures about working as a respiratory therapist. The following information is applicable to all Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (NOC 3214).
Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorders. Clinical perfusionists provide technical support to patients undergoing cardiac surgery and patients requiring cardio-respiratory support. Cardiopulmonary technologists assist physicians in the technical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Respiratory therapists are employed in hospitals, extended care facilities, public health centres and respiratory home care companies. Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists are primarily employed in hospitals. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this unit group.
College or apprenticeship
College education or apprenticeship training usually required
Median wage in Canada
The job prospects vary across Canada depending on the province or territory.
advertised in Canada
- Assemble, maintain and operate heart assist devices during cardiac surgery
- Administer various substances through heart-lung machines
- Monitor vital signs during cardiopulmonary surgery
- Perform diagnostic tests
- Operate and monitor respiratory equipment to administer treatments
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