Mayo Clinic Q&A: The Critical Role of Respiratory Therapists
Published April 29, 2020
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    This episode was recorded in April, 2020.Guest: Daniel A. Diedrich, M.D.Host: Halena M. Gazelka, M.D. (@hmgazelkamd)COVID-19 was first identified late last year with a cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a new coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease process heavily affects the respiratory system, and patients often need oxygen support. The respiratory therapist plays a critical role in managing oxygen levels, placing breathing tubes, and managing the mechanical ventilator, when necessary.On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Daniel Diedrich, a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist and critical care physician, discusses the role of the respiratory therapist from the time a patient presents with COVID-19 all the way through that patient's discharge.AskMayoExpert COVID-19 Resources: Connect with the Mayo Clinic’s School of Continuous Professional Development online at or on Twitter @MayoMedEd.
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