The practice of the profession of respiratory therapy, which shall be undertaken pursuant
to the direction of a duly licensed physician, is defined as the performance of cardiopulmonary
evaluation, respiratory therapy treatment techniques, and education of the patient,
family and public.
1. Evaluation shall include the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data obtained
from physiological specimens, performing diagnostic tests, studies and research of
the cardiopulmonary system and neurophysiological studies related to respiratory care.
2. Therapy shall include the application and monitoring of medical gases (excluding
anesthetic gases) and environmental control systems, mechanical ventilatory support,
artificial airway care, bronchopulmonary hygiene, pharmacologic agents related to
respiratory care procedures, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation related and limited
to respiratory care.
3. Respiratory therapy services may be performed pursuant to a prescription of a licensed
physician or certified nurse practitioner.
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