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CPTC Students Salute Respiratory Therapists During National Respiratory Care Week

October 24, 2016 08:52 AM

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National Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the respiratory care profession and raises awareness for improving lung health around the world, is October 23-29 for 2016. [FM1] Students in the respiratory care program at Coastal Pines Technical College, along with their instructors, would like to salute those in the profession and say thank you for being a real life hero.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), a professional membership association for respiratory care professionals and allied health specialists interested in cardiopulmonary care, promotes respiratory week each year with a theme and ideas to celebrate. This year’s theme is Respiratory Therapists – Real Life Heroes!

Respiratory therapists are sometimes referred to as lung health experts. [FM2] 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.

According to the AARC, no matter what specific area a respiratory therapist chooses, whether it is neonatal-pediatrics, geriatrics, emergency care, pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care, home care, education, sleep or another specialty, their role as a respiratory therapist is to restore and improve lung heath to patient’s lives.

Respiratory therapists work in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions
    intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
  • newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • operating rooms working with anesthesiologists to monitor patients’ breathing during surgery.
  • patients’ homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
  • sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
  • skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life.
  • doctor’s offices conducting pulmonary function tests and providing patient education.
  • asthma education programs helping kids and adults alike learn how to cope with the condition.
  • smoking cessation programs assisting those who want to kick the habit for good.
  • air transport and ambulance programs rushing to rescue people in need of immediate medical attention.
  • case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.

respweeksecondpicThe Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Respiratory Care Technology AAS degree prepares graduates for the highest level of respiratory therapy licensure exam, the Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) exam and the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) exam. Just 16 respiratory programs in Georgia are accredited, according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs. The CPTC respiratory program is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and is listed among accredited programs at

For more information about the respiratory care technology program at Coastal Pines Technical College, contact Faye Mathis at (912) 287-6515 or For more information about respiratory week, go online to


Photo Above:

Faye Mathis (right), program chair of the CPTC respiratory care program, Mandy Lee (left), lead clinical instructor, and the junior respiratory class encourage everyone to get educated about lung diseases like COPD and, when recommended, get tested to know your lung numbers. Junior class members are (Front to Back, L to R) Kourney Mizell, Abel Urieta, Shatteen Taylor, Taylor Wallace, Kenya Brown, Trent Cook, Derrell Washington, Ashton Peacock, Maegan Oglesby, Skylar Brannen, Holly Mizell, Madison Spurlock, Macie Sironen, Brittany Dillard, Laney Bowen, Erica Herrin, and Heather Woods.

Photo Bottom Right:

Please join the respiratory care technology senior class at Coastal Pines Technical College in recognizing and thanking respiratory care professionals for their contributions to our health. October 23-29 is 2016 Respiratory Care Week.  Faye Mathis (right), program chair of the CPTC respiratory care program, and Mandy Lee, (left) lead clinical instructor, are pictured with senior class members: Candice Jordan (L to R), Kayla Thrift, Amber Hand, Kayla Sanders, Corey Lumpkin, Megan Robson, Shelby Howell, Emily Gibson, and Shayla Darnell.


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