The following is a guest post by Will Lessons, retired RRT who still works an occasional shift.
So you do a bunch of useless breathing treatments and you feel pretty useless while doing them, and when you're done you feel like you accomplished nothing except burnout. And then you sit down and get a page, "Treatment in 33343."
You become irate. You were just in room 33343 and the patient was fine, he just had an audible wheeze. So now you have to go do another useless breathing treatment on this patient because if you tell the nurse the truth you are being lazy. If you tell the nurse the truth you might hurt her feelings.
I've decided that that's one of the main reasons we RTs have put up with so many useless procedures all these years: it's because we have empathy. We care about the feelings of the doctors and nurses who demand RTs do what is not needed. We get irate and burned out, but we just do it anyway because we don't want to piss off the stupid and ignorant doctor and nurse.
So nothing gets done. We, in turn, become the hospitals bitches. Over time it's become just common knowledge that if the nurse or doctor don't know what else to do, they just call respiratory and have respiratory do something to the patient. This makes the nurse and doctor feel good.
Then the doctor and nurse tell the patient the therapy RT does will allay their breathing trouble, when there is no evidence. Yet in the medical industry, feelings supersedes evidence.