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It’s Respiratory Care Week! Thank You SGMH Respiratory Therapists!

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At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital it is Respiratory Care Week and we want to thank our tremendous SGMH Respiratory Therapists who are dedicated to our patient’s safety and health. They do so much for our hospital and we are extremely grateful for the hard work they do every day. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters and if that happens our high-quality associates at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital fight respiratory complications to get you breathing healthily again.

What is a respiratory therapist?

Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who help treat and restore function for patients with airway and breathing problems. They often assess and treat patients with the following conditions:

  • Low oxygen levels
  • Tracheostomy tubes (a special type of breathing tube for patients unable to breathe through their mouth and nose)
  • Ventilators (machines that breathe for patients with certain conditions, such as spinal cord injuries, who are unable to breathe on their own)
  • Chronic heart or lung problems that require breathing treatments and assistance

They may work in various settings in rehabilitation, including neurological (nervous system), cardiac (heart), and pulmonary (lungs) settings. Respiratory therapists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation centers
  • Home health settings
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private practice

Respiratory therapists may have either an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in respiratory therapy, and many are either registered or certified in their specialty.

Topic Index – Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory Disorders Home

Anatomy of the Respiratory System

Signs of Respiratory Distress

Inhalers and Nebulizers

Upper Respiratory Infections

Common Cold


Pharyngitis / Tonsillitis


Lung Diseases and Disorders

Signs of Respiratory Distress

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)

Chronic Bronchitis

Pulmonary Emphysema

Acute Bronchitis

Cystic Fibrosis

Interstitial Lung Diseases / Pulmonary Fibrosis

Occupational Lung Diseases



Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)


Lung Cancer

Smoking and Respiratory Diseases

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Sleep Problems

Overview of Sleep Problems


Sleep Apnea


Restless Legs Syndrome

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