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In order to live we must breathe. The average adult breathes approximately 12 times a minute or about 17,000 times a day. It is one of our most basic functions yet we don't give it a moment's notice. But, for the over five million Canadians who suffer from respiratory ailments, every breath can be a struggle. Could you imagine the effort it would take to struggle for 17,000 breaths a day? Diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, influenza and pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, and respiratory disease syndrome affect all ages and do not discriminate. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and it is the only one of the top four that is on the rise.
A Registered Respiratory Therapist is trained to treat these modern day diseases and to provide care in a variety of settings, including: the home, hospital, sleep labs, and diagnostic clinics. A Respiratory Therapist in Canada undergoes a three-year training program in a community college or institute of technology. There are also several universities which offer a four-year combined degree/diploma program. Generally, the first two years consist of class/lab work followed by a year of clinical training in a hospital setting. Kingston Oxygen is staffed by several Registered Respiratory Therapists, some with over 20 years of home care experience. Their knowledge is unmatched in the area.
A Medical Gas Technician (MGT) is trained in the delivery and set up of your home oxygen equipment. The MGT is also trained in the latest government regulations regarding the transport of medical oxygen and other gases and adheres to applicable legislation to maintain accurate records. As part of a daily routine, the Medical Gas Technician maintains a planned delivery schedule, ensuring continuous oxygen to those who need it.