Christy Kane, PhD, RRT-NPS
Assistant Professor, Respiratory Therapy Program
The respiratory care service (RCS) provides diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to monitor and support respiratory function. RCS activities include cardiopulmonary diagnostics, emergency resuscitation, the administration of medical gases and aerosolized medications, bronchial hygiene therapies, airway management procedures, lung expansion therapies, mechanical ventilation, and blood gas sampling and analysis. Each of these procedures is a potential source of infection for the patient or the practitioner. Personal hygiene is critical to infection prevention in general. Specific to respiratory care are issues involving proper equipment handling, cleaning, disinfection, and storage, and protecting patients, clinicians, and equipment from contamination while providing care and disposing expendables.
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