JOB SUMMARY: Respiratory therapist assist patients of all ages who suffer from pulmonary (breathing) disorders. In addition to analyzing and performing diagnostic testing, respiratory therapists perform relevant exams and control patients’ blood-oxygen levels, as well as set up and utilize cardiopulmonary equipment and machines needed to assist or monitor the patients breathing.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Perform pulmonary function and adjust equipment to obtain optimum results in therapy.
- Organizes and maintains an efficient working environment; stocks with sufficient supplies and equipment.
- Implement procedures to ensure maintenance and operation of diagnostic equipment with manufacturers specifications and accreditation requirements; document quality control procedures.
- Demonstrate respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel.
- Schedules and confirms appointments according to department procedures.
- Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to manage patient care.
- Provides direct care to the patient per physician order.
- Performs procedures within their realm of his/her practice under the direct order of a licensed physician. Administer Bronchiodilator and/or Methacholine.
- Assists the physician with examinations and procedures (ex. Oximetry readings, ABG, trach changes, etc.).
- Educates patients regarding pulmonary medications and use of oxygen.
- Educate patients and their families about their conditions and teach appropriate disease management techniques, such as breathing exercises and the use of medications and respiratory equipment.
- Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.
- Assists in the development of policies and procedures. Prepare reports of procedures performed; maintain records and files reflecting patient information.
- Attends OSHA training initially at orientation and annually thereafter.
RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS: Direct relationship with patients/families, physicians and staff.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE: Requires minimum certification (CRTT) and an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the field from an accredited education program. CPFT/RPFT preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 50 pounds using proper body mechanics. Requires manual dexterity to operate standard office equipment such as computer, fax and telephone. Requires hearing and vision that is adequate to perform job duties.