The Board Room by BreathSounds

Welcome to The Board Room by BreathSounds. My name is John D’Urbano, RRT-Retired and I’ve been a Respiratory Therapist in the Phoenix area for over 25 years.

I received my education in Respiratory Care at Long Medical Institute, and Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. I worked my way through that first year of school as a night-shift security patrol supervisor. For the 2 years following, I worked nights as a Respiratory Therapy Technician with one of the registries. Like many students, I lost a lot of sleep, missed out on family time and a lot of recreational activities, had a bank account that was near empty most of the time, and even had my lights turned off from time to time. But, there was never a day when I regretted my decision to go to school to become a Respiratory Therapist.

It didn’t take long for me to completely fall in love with my new career, and I found myself collecting certifications and memberships like they were souvenirs from a cross-country road trip. I also went to as many conferences as my bank account would allow. Yes, it’s safe to say that I was an addict. “Hello, my name is JD and I’m a respiratoraholic”.

I spent the first half of my career at a top teaching hospital specializing in Emergency Medicine / Level-1 Trauma with a strong emphasis in Critical Burn Injuries. Throughout the next 12 years I worked as a cardiovascular Respiratory Therapist (out advanced skills team) in a very unique program in one of Arizona’s leading healthcare networks. There I practiced advanced airway management skills along with many other advanced invasive and non-invasive cardiovascular skills. Between those two positions I have been afforded medical education and experience that I could never put a price on.

In 2013 I was a speaker at the Fall-2013 Focus Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. I gave lectures in the Management Track entitled “Employee Morale – Why Managers Must be Diligent”, and lectures in the Potpourri track entitled “Capnography – The ‘Other’ Vital Sign”. Both programs were written by me, and then posted to my web site “BreathSounds” at

Gandhi said ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever’. In medicine that is a very powerful quote, and one that I try to live by.

Anywhere, especially in health care, that is a very powerful quote, and one that I try to live by.

J. D’Urbano, RRT-Retired