“Inhale, exhale, repeat.” How often do you think about
Respiratory Therapist (RT) is an allied health professional who works in
multi-disciplinary teams to assess, plan and monitor treatment for patients
with respiratory disorders. RTs in Singapore General Hospital (SGH) provide
airway and breathing support to patients in a variety of healthcare settings,
from the specialist outpatient clinic to the intensive care unit. Every day is
different as RTs are called upon to rapidly respond to patients in respiratory
failure or cardiac arrest.
as a RT in a large academic medical centre that provides tertiary acute care is
challenging and rewarding. RTs keep up-to-date with international clinical
practice guidelines to provide evidence-based care for adult patients from a
wide range of specialties. Putting the patients’ best interests at heart, RTs
collaborate with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to
deliver high quality holistic care. The hard work is paid off when my patients
breathe better and eventually get discharged from the hospital in good health.
experienced providers of respiratory care to the patients, RTs are well-positioned
to educate other healthcare professionals on their complementary roles in
patient care. There are also many opportunities for inter-professional education
in SGH, and continuing medical education at courses and conferences. RTs are in
the Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine and work closely with
respiratory physicians on research publications and clinical services planning.
good RT is someone who is compassionate, resilient, attentive to detail and
able to perform under stressful situations. I believe that the clinical
services, education and research opportunities available in SGH make it an
attractive organization for RTs to pursue an exciting and satisfying career.