Respiratory therapists are professionals with expertise in cardiorespiratory care. They can actively participate, in collaboration with other professionals, in the management of many conditions that affect a person’s respiratory abilities. These conditions include asthma, a disease that inhalation therapy can help to better manage to reduce the impact it can have on the daily lives of people with asthma.
Clinique GO’s in-home respiratory therapy services
As is the case for all the health and social services professionals who make up our mobile team, Clinique GO™’s respiratory therapists can come to your home to offer the tests necessary to screen for cardiorespiratory conditions, in addition to offering personalized advice to manage them.
To practice, respiratory therapists must have a college diploma in Respiratory Therapy Techniques. This 3-year training includes laboratory practices and clinical internships. Thereafter, professionals must obtain a permit to practice issued by the Ordre professionnel des inhalothérapeutes du Québec.
Asthma and the relevance of respiratory therapy intervention
The Association pulmonaire canadienne estimates that nearly 2.5 million Canadians suffer from asthma, 600,000 of whom live in Quebec. The disease is responsible for thousands of emergency room visits each year and, unfortunately, several dozen deaths.
Asthma causes attacks that are caused by a combination of physiological factors, including inflammation of the bronchial tubes and contraction of the muscle fibers surrounding them. People with asthma can also produce more mucus, which blocks the bronchial tubes. It is elements related to the environment that lead to crises. Irritating factors (dust, tobacco smoke, air quality, physical exercise, etc.) cause bronchial contraction and prevent the air from circulating properly. Inflammatory factors (allergens, respiratory infections, tobacco smoke, etc.), as their name suggests, contribute to bronchial inflammation. Asthma attacks are manifested by the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath;
- Wheezing during breathing;
- Feeling of suffocation;
- Coughing, sometimes with secretions.
The feeling of lack of air and difficulty in breathing normally can be very scary during an asthma attack. This is why respiratory therapy intervention not only helps to prevent the factors that cause attacks, but also to control the symptoms associated with them.
How does the respiratory therapist intervene?
To help you better understand the respiratory therapist’s intervention with people with asthma, here is an overview of the services offered:
- Respiratory tests for diagnosis: the respiratory therapist can perform different tests of respiratory function (spirometry, lung volume measurement, diffusion measurement). The results can then be transmitted to a doctor, who can then clarify the diagnosis of asthma (severity of the disease) to promote good management.
- Tips for medication administration: Many medications help to prevent asthma symptoms as well as to treat them (rescue and maintenance medications). The respiratory therapist can help his client to understand how they work in order to know how to use them to maximize their effects.
- Tips for controlling the environment and the factors that trigger asthma attacks: by moving directly into their client’s environment, Clinique GO™’s home respiratory therapists can fully understand the factors that can trigger seizures. They can therefore provide sound advice to help control them and limit the frequency and intensity of seizures.
If you have asthma, the Clinique GO™ team can offer you personalized help by travelling directly to your home. Our professionals can work with your doctor or other specialists, always with the goal of promoting your health and well-being!