President Reagan’s proclamation for National Respiratory Care Week stated, “Chronic lung diseases constitute an important health problem in the United States, and they need to be addressed.”
It is no different 37 years later. Chronic lung diseases are an important health problem, and the prevalence is increasing, in addition to treating patients during a pandemic.
“Now, more than ever before, the role of the respiratory therapist is vital to the health of our nation,” said AARC Executive Director Tom Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAARC. “Respiratory therapists sacrifice and dedicate themselves to helping their patients and their communities during this time of COVID-19.”⁵