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Critical Care

Respiratory Therapy Program

Education Program

Respiratory Therapists joining the Critical Care Team undergo extensive training in paediatric cardio-respiratory care. The orientation typically includes two weeks of didactic and lab classes which is then followed with four weeks of “buddy” shifts with a preceptor. At the conclusion of the buddy shifts each RRT has a feedback session and attends an additional lecture day to cover advanced topics and any outstanding issues.

Ongoing education is coordinated by two respiratory therapy clinical specialists one with a focus on the PICU and the other with a focus on the CCCU.

There are several RRTs working as part of committees within the CCU on topics ranging from work/life balance to research and practice policies.
The CCU RT Professional Practice Group (PPG) meets regularly to examine clinical practice and make recommendations for practice changes, new therapies or strengthening core services.

For more information, please contact:

Leanne Davidson
Critical Care Respiratory Therapy Educator
Critical Care Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
555 University Ave
RM 2849
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-6486
Fax: 416-813-7299