Respiratory Therapists To Be Categorized As First Responders

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The purpose of this action is to see that respiratory therapists working in hospitals be recognized as first responders. Due to the coronavirus situation, our profession has been dealing first-hand with patients who have, and are suspected of possibly having Covid19.  Respiratory therapists are among the first responders within the hospital setting of any patient having significant distress and are frequently putting their own health at risk in order to serve and heal others.  These licensed professionals are currently undervalued, underappreciated, and there is a general lack of understanding regarding the importance of their career field.  Respiratory therapists deserve to be recognized as first responders not only during this health pandemic, but also during times of economic normalcy for all of their life saving skills in critical settings.  #respiratorystrong

Mark J. Gilbert, RRT-ACCS, EMT-P