Pneumonia is the term for a condition in which the lungs becomes inflamed. Pneumonia is caused by the inhalation of infected microorganisms, tiny single-celled living organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa spread through contact with an infected person. The job of a registered respiratory therapist is to identify and administer the appropriate therapy to defeat the microorganisms.
These microorganisms enter the body usually through the mouth, nose and eyes. If the body’s disease resistance is down, the natural process of fighting off diseases is weakened and the microorganisms are free to spread into the lungs and the lungs’ air sacs.
The air sacs become filled with fluid and pus from the infectious agent, making it more difficult for the body to get the oxygen it needs, and the person may become sick.
One of the issues concerning whether men or women earn the highest physical therapy assistant salary is, what gender is most represented in this occupation? This isn't so well known, buy as researched on the leading PTA career site www.jancolley.com, it goes all the way back to the professions origins.
This occupation was established to allow professional healthcare providers assist the medical doctors of the day to rehabilitate the injured or afflicted. This is especially true since the first world war was critical to causing the need to expand these types of services.
The people assisting the doctors were most notably nurses. Nursing during the late 1800's to the early 1900's was a women's profession, and men were unwilling to seek entry into an occupation that was considered women's work. In many cases nurses often did double duty ministering to the afflicted, then providing rehabilitative care.