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Friday, September 19, 2008

What would be different if RTs ran the show

Have you ever wondered how hospital life would be different if the RT profession came about before the RN profession. Or, what would hospital life be like if RTs ran the show?
  1. RTs don't like poop, so they'd simply hook up a suction catheter to that other end and suck it out, thus eliminating the need for changing the sheets and wiping.
  2. Instead of taking orders and being button pushers, RTs would be physician respiratory advisers. They would be called respiratory advisers (RA) instead of therapists.
  3. Bronchodilator breathing treatments would be given for bronchospasm.
  4. EKGs would be done by a high school student.
  5. Inserting art lines would be the RTs job, and they'd be inserted in all vent patients rather than at the convenience of the doctor.
  6. Mucomyst treatments would not be ordered because pt has phlegm in throat.
  7. RTs would get paid the same as RN
  8. RTs would have the same respect as RNs
  9. RTs would have an RT lounge with a TV, fridge, private restroom, free donuts, etc.
  10. All staff would get massages every four hours.
  11. There would be a TV in all ER rooms
  12. All treatments would be PRN all the time.
  13. No schedules, especially for people who are just on nebs because a doctor checked a box.
  14. COPDers with home nebs can give their own nebs and get a once-daily assessment to make sure they're meeting their needs.

This list is a work in progress. Feel free to help me out here.

1 comment:

keepbreathing said...

All treatments would be PRN all the time. No schedules, especially for people who are just on nebs because a doctor checked a box. COPDers with home nebs can give their own nebs and get a once-daily assessment to make sure they're meeting their needs.

I'm sure there's more...