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Figure 3.0. Healthcare Professionals Involved in Inpatient Respiratory Care. Figure 3.0 ONSITE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN RESPIRATORY CARE WITHIN INPATIENT SCI REHABILITATION PROGRAM 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Respirologists Respiratory Therapists Physiatrists Physiotherapists Advanced Practice Nurses Nurses (RN) Occupational Therapists Nurses (RNA/RPN) Physiotherapy Assistants Occupational Therapy Assistants Speech Language Pathologists Pharmacists Dietitians/Nutritionists Wheelchair Vendors Figure 4.0. Healthcare Professionals Involved in Outpatient Respiratory Care. Number of Sites FIGURE 4.0 ONSITE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN RESPIRATORY CARE WITHIN OUTPATIENT SCI REHABILITATION PROGRAM 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Respiratory Therapists Physiatrists Physiotherapists Advanced Practice Nurses Nurses (RN) Occupational Therapists Physiotherapy Assistants Occupational Therapy Assistants Speech Language Pathologists Dietitians/Nutritionists Number of Sites All 12 E-Scan sites offer some extent of respiratory care, and three sites confirm admission of individuals with SCI who are ventilator dependent. While nine sites have an affiliated respirologist, only one site has an onsite respirologist who is dedicated to care of inpatients. Respiratory therapists provide service at 10 sites: dedicated to inpatient service at three sites, dedicated to both inpatient and outpatient services at one site, and on a consult basis at six sites (Figure 5.0). All sites have physiotherapists (Figure 3.0). However, the extent of respiratory care provided by physiotherapists is unclear. Similarly, the involvement of other members of the rehabilitation team in providing respiratory care and the specific details of such care is unknown. It appears from the E-Scan validation process that although regulated healthcare professionals (RN, PT, OT, etc.) are practicing within the sites, an inadequate portion of their time and resources is allocated to optimizing respiratory care. INDEPENDENCE IN BREATHING | BODY STRUCTURE AND FNUCTION 77


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