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Respiratory Care Week

Please join the Respiratory Care Technology department at Okefenokee Technical College in recognizing and thanking respiratory care professionals for their contributions to our health. This week is National Respiratory Care Week.
Respiratory Therapists are sometimes referred to as “The Lung Health Experts.” They provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there. A day in the life of a respiratory therapist may include:

  • Interviewing patients and doing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.
  • Diagnosing lung and breathing disorders and recommending treatment methods.
  • Consulting with physicians to recommend a change in therapy, based on your evaluation of the patient.
  • Analyzing breath, tissue, and blood specimens to determine levels of oxygen and other gases.
  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own.
  • Responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care.
  • Educating patients and families about lung disease so they can maximize their recovery.  

The OTC Respiratory Care Technology AAS degree program prepares graduates Respiratory Therapy Classfor the CRT Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) exam and the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) exam. The program boasts of a 100% licensure pass rate.

For more information about the Respiratory Care Technology program at Okefenokee Technical College, call Faye Mathis at (912) 287-6515 or Mandy Lee at (912) 287-5821. For more information about respiratory week, go online to www.aarc.org.

Faye Mathis, program chair of the OTC Respiratory Care program, Mandy Lee, Lead Clinical instructor, and the junior respiratory class encourage everyone to get educated about lung diseases like COPD and get tested to know your lung “numbers.” (L to R) Amber Smith, Leah Johns, Tyrina Reddick, Andrean Corbitt, Candace White, Carla Deal, Amy Floyd, Denise Edwards, Courtney Adams, Shanterrria Moore, Keisha Burgess, Elizabeth Dowling, Patty Smith, Paulette Armstrong, Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Williams, Earl Shipley, and Faye Mathis, program director. Not pictured: Justina Carter, student; Mandy Lee, respiratory instructor.


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