Garry K., RCP — Holiday 2020


Like his coffee (caramel frappuccino, please), there isn’t anything basic about Garry, a respiratory care practitioner in Hollywood, California. Inspired by his grandmother (also a respiratory therapist!), Garry is a natural in the fast-paced, inpatient environment where his critical thinking and technological expertise are crucial to promoting successful patient outcomes. Catch him when he’s not on the run and maybe he’ll tell you about his days acting on the Disney Channel.

SEEING EVERYONE IN THE HOSPITAL COME TOGETHER TO HELP PATIENTS EVEN THOUGH WE WERE SCARED HAS BEEN SO INSPIRING. IT HAS BROUGHT US TOGETHER –– IT TAKES A TEAM.

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE? 

Basic. I’ll take a caramel frappuccino, please.

 

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT NOT EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT YOU? 

I used to act on Disney Channel for about 8 years.

 

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONER? 

I consider myself a caring and compassionate individual, always wanting to do more to help others. I was always fascinated with the medical field. My grandma was also a Respiratory Therapist, and she’s always been a huge inspiration in my life so going into respiratory therapy was a no-brainer.

 

WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR FIELD?

Respiratory is so specialized. I love that aspect and focusing mainly on the cardiopulmonary system. Although many times it’s so specialized that people don’t even know what we do, I love that we are there during the most critical moments trying to protect the airway and stabilize these patients, while running all over the hospital. I also love technology so managing the ventilator and life support machine is right up my alley. I love interpreting ventilator graphics and trying to manipulate the ventilator to help improve my patient’s condition.

 

WHAT IS ONE STEREOTYPE ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT IS UNTRUE?

Some people may say or think that respiratory therapists just give breathing treatments when we do so much more than that. We ensure babies are breathing in the labor & delivery room, we perform CPR, intubation, pulmonary function tests, place patients on CPAP, BiPAP, and high-flow oxygen devices, we draw and run blood gasses, manage the ventilator, wean and extubate patients off the ventilator, are a part of Rapid Response and Code Blue teams, transport, home care, and so much more.

 

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU HAD THIS YEAR, AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME IT?

COVID-19 has been the biggest respiratory pandemic we’ve faced, and as respiratory care practitioners, we’ve been at the absolute forefront of this pandemic. We’re still learning and going through it now figuring out the best modalities to prevent intubation and help these patients breathe easier.

 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING PART OF THIS YEAR, AND WHERE HAVE YOU FELT THE MOST POSITIVE GROWTH?

Seeing everyone in the hospital come together to help these patients even though we were scared has been so inspiring to not only witness but to be a part of. It has brought us closer together. It takes a team. I’ll never forget these experiences. It’s definitely helped me grow as a person and as an RCP.

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