National Respiratory Therapy Week

October 16, 2020

National Respiratory Therapy (RT) Week is celebrated annually during the last full week of October. This year, RT Week is October 25 to October 31.

We are proud to celebrate the work of our registered respiratory therapist (RRT) members. They are invaluable health-care professionals in many ONA bargaining units, who perform a wide range of tasks including:

  • assessing, monitoring and treating individuals' respiratory and cardiorespiratory disorders;
  • testing and measuring lung function;
  • administering inhaled medical drugs and gases; and
  • providing tools and support for smoking cessation programs.

Respiratory therapists are a vital part of the front-line care team in many areas including intensive care units, emergency departments, operating rooms, neonatal nurseries, outpatient clinics and home care. This year, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario's respiratory therapists have been working tirelessly to keep Ontarians safe from the novel coronavirus. They have been an absolutely vital part of the front-line care team working against COVID-19. Click here to learn more about the important work RRTs do.

The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) has produced this guide for anyone looking for ideas to celebrate National Respiratory Therapy Week. The "how-to" guide has tips for RRTs looking to promote their profession "before, during and after RT Week."

To become a part of the online conversation this RT Week, check out #RTWeek2020 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag when you share information, resources or stories with your online community.

Learn More

Visit the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists website for education resources, including webinars, and professional practice information.


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