Respiratory care practitioners provide treatment to patients with abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system-or breathing disorders-under the direction of a licensed physician.
Respiratory care practitioners administer therapeutic or diagnostic drugs to patients as part of a physician-prescribed treatment plan, implement a physician's orders for respiratory treatments, observe and monitor patient symptoms, and assist with administering medical gases (including hyperbaric or standard oxygen, vapor therapies and ventilation support). Administration of anesthesia falls outside the scope of practice of a respiratory therapist.
Polysomnographic technologists provide treatment, management, diagnostic testing, education and care of patients with disorders related to sleep. Treatment and diagnostic testing includes but is not limited to continuous or bilevel positive airway pressure titration on spontaneously breathing patients and sleep staging or scoring. More specifically a polysomnographic technologist analyzes data for the purpose of assisting a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders related to sleep and implements the use of durable medical equipment when treating sleep disorders.