Berlin, Vt – Richard Hinchliffe, RRT-ACCS, a member of Central Vermont Medical Center’s Respiratory Care Team, is the first person in Vermont to achieve the National Board for Respiratory Care’s (NBRC) Adult Critical Care Specialty. Currently there are only 320 respiratory therapists in the United States who have achieved this certification.
This is an expanding specialty within the field of respiratory care. Richard has already demonstrated advanced knowledge in the field of respiratory care; therefore this examination focused on competencies unique to therapists practicing in an adult critical care setting.
Responsibilities of a respiratory adult critical care specialist include working with a physician on advanced ventilator techniques such as lung recruitment strategies, waveform analysis and lung protection protocols. In addition, the RRT-ACCS is educated in the use of respiratory, antibiotic and cardiac medications. Richard is also trained in early detection of obstructive sleep apnea and the pathologies of pneumonia, asthma, COPD and neurological disorders that can affect the respiratory system.
Richard graduated from the University of Vermont with his B.S. in Business. He went on to earn his RRT at Vermont Tech where he graduated number one in his class.
Richard Hinchliffe grew up in England and lived in Waitsfield, VT for 15 years. His parents, Barry and Irene Hinchliffe, have lived in the Mad River Valley, in Waitsfield for the last 25 years. Richard has been a resident of Berlin, Vermont for the past 12 years, where he lives with wife Tonya, and two children, Evan 12 years old and Dylan 9 years old. In his free time Richard enjoys cycling, skiing, reading and watching a movie with his family.
Central Vermont Medical Center, along with Fletcher Allen Health Care, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, is a member of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region.