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Respiratory Therapy (RT) Unit


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 of Respiratory Therapists provides round-the-clock  world class care for patients who need respiratory support.

The team manages critically ill patients admitted to the medical intensive care unit/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.

Our Services

  • Mechanical ventilator management in Medical and Isolation ICUs
  • Mechanical ventilator assistance in other ICUs

  • Bronchoscopy support in ICU

  • Mechanical ventilation support for patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • High flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilation (NIV)
  • Chronic continuous positive airway pressure/NIV
  • Chronic ventilator management, including patient and caregiver education
  • Airway support in code blue and rapid response activations
  • Tracheostomy care and follow up with multidisciplinary tracheostomy team

Our Education

Respiratory care teaching to:

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

Our 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


Our People

Principal RT Roldan O Labita

Principal RT Meredith Huang Ching-Feng

Principal RT Chen Ruoshi

Senior RT Joy S Dizon

Senior RT Faridah Hanim

RT Avon Zhuang Ya-Fang

RT Tsai Yi-Tang

RT Candice Chee Qian Ying

RT Olivia A Trinidad

RT Julienne Cabel

RT Kao Chi

RT Alice Liao

Dr Tan Yi-Hern (Physician Supervisor)