How would you estimate how many cement blocks it would take to build a simple 3-bedroom bungalow?
Respiratory therapists are an important member of a medical team
treating patients with difficulty breathing and work under the
direction of a physician. Therapists complete specialized
educational and clinical training in order to become capable of
independently making decisions in regards to patient care. Although
therapists frequently make judgments in regards to treatment plans
independently, they also need to be effective at being part of a
team of medical and healthcare professionals. Individuals employed
in this field can work in environments such as hospitals, home
care, and with companies that rent respiratory equipment. Through
being detail oriented a respiratory therapist is able to assess a
patient’s physical and emotional needs and be sensitive to those
A respiratory therapist can enter the field through completing a
program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and receiving a degree at the
associate, bachelor or master level. The absolute minimum level of
education that is required is an associates degree in respiratory
therapy. Coursework will include human anatomy and physiology,
mathematics and pharmacology among a wide variety of other related
subjects. All states except for Hawaii and Alaska require licensure
of a therapist through certification received from the National
Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) by passing the appropriate
examinations. A respiratory therapist’s responsibilities include
chest physiotherapy, diagnostic testing of blood gases and
breathing capacity, and teaching patients how to properly use
medications such as an aerosol. The type of patient treated by a
respiratory therapist is vast and includes premature infants whose
lungs are not fully developed, chronic asthma sufferers and
emergency care to individuals experiencing a heart attack or shock.
Any person whose lungs are diseased with any severity can expect to
be treated by a respiratory therapist.
Respiratory therapists have multiple opportunities for
advancement, especially if they return to school to complete a
master’s degree. They can enter the teaching field, become
supervisors or managers of a respiratory therapy department, or
become specialized in an area focused on critically ill patients.
Employment prospects are strong and growth continues due to the
role of the therapist expanding, advancements in medicine, and the
aging population. Salaries range from $40,000 to $65,000 depending
on specialty, experience and degrees received.
To figure out the number, you need to figure out how many square
feet the house will have and go from there. Also, the shape of the
house will have some effect on the choice.