In addition to the critical care and life-saving skills rendered in the acute care setting, a major component of the scope of practice of a respiratory therapist is health promotion and disease prevention. With the incidence of chronic respiratory diseases a major national health problem, the role of the respiratory therapist in helping patients with chronic obstructive airways disease maintain effective symptom control is becoming paramount. This is especially important given the huge expense—in both lives and dollars—of repeat hospitalizations due to acute exacerbations.
By taking Peak Performance USA into the schools, the schools and the community see firsthand the value of having respiratory therapists actively involved in effective asthma intervention, education, and management. By extension, organizations that employ these activated respiratory therapists (local hospitals, colleges, home care companies, etc.) have their reputations enhanced as well. This good-will goes a long way in helping the respective institution maintain a competitive advantage, especially as fiscal concerns about the future of health care in general continue to dominate the national debate.