Respiratory Care: A Journey Through Time

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From oxygen to aerosols, people to products, discoveries to diagnoses – respiratory care is about a heritage of people learning, innovating, inventing, and excelling at delivering care for one simple goal: to help others breathe.

The earliest days were of Lavoisier – days of awareness, discovery, and invention. Today respiratory care has evolved into a recognized profession with a body of knowledge, standards, unbelievable innovation, and a sophisticated structure.

Welcome to the American Association for Respiratory Care’s Virtual Museum. We invite you to see the history of a science and profession that helps millions breathe. Step into a gallery and see how today’s complex mechanical ventilators started as a coffee can; how physics, anatomy, and chemistry have come together to deliver life-saving aerosolized medications; how people produced progress. The heritage of respiratory care is filled with heroes and grand ideas. Enjoy this walk through our history.

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