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Respiratory Therapy (RT) Unit


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The Respiratory Therapy (RT) Unit housed under the Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine at Singapore General Hospital plays an extremely essential role on Outram Campus. The small team comprising some 11 Respiratory Therapists provides world class clinical care for patients who need respiratory care or support.

The team manages critically ill patients admitted to the intensive care unit or intermediate care area, and general ward patients who need less acute respiratory care and support. It is also involved in outpatient services e.g. Sleep Disorders Unit, Chronic Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV) Clinic.

Clinical services

  • Mechanical ventilator management in MICU
  • Mechanical ventilator assistance in other ICUs
  • Advanced ventilator modes e.g. airway pressure release ventilation (APRV), high frequency oscillation ventilation (HFOV)
  • Mechanical ventilation support on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Bronchoscopy assistance in ICU
  • High flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilation
  • Chronic continuous positive airway pressure/NIV
  • Chronic ventilator management and follow up
  • Airway support in code blue and rapid response activations
  • Tracheostomy care and follow up as part of the multidiscipinary tracheostomy team

Clinical education

Respiratory care teaching to:

  • Internal Medicine residents and fellows
  • Critical care nurses
  • Coronary Care Symposium
  • Overseas clinical attachment college students majoring in respiratory care

Clinical research

Recent publications:


Rationale and significance of patient selection in awake prone positioning for COVID-19 pneumonia.

Huang CF, Zhuang YF, Liu J, Tay CK, Sewa DW.

Eur Respir J. 2020 Jul 6:2002173. doi: 10.1183/13993003.02173-2020. Online ahead of print.

PMID: 32631837


 

Bronchiolitis and Potential Pathophysiological Implications in Coronavirus Disease 2019 ARDS Patients With Near-Normal Respiratory Compliance.

Huang CF, Sun PT, Tay CK.

Crit Care Med. 2020 Jun 12:10.1097/CCM.0000000000004470. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000004470. Online ahead of print.

PMID: 32541570

Respiratory Therapy Unit 

  • Principal RT Constance Teo

  • Senior RT Nino A Macaraig

  • Senior RT Roldan O Labita

  • RT Chen Ruoshi

  • RT Meredith Huang Ching-Feng

  • RT Faridah Hanim

  • RT Sun Pei-Ting

  • RT Avon Zhuang Ya-Fang

  • RT Tsai Yi-Tang

  • RT Joy S Dizon

  • Clin Asst Prof Melvin Tay Chee Kiang (Physician Supervisor)