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Reg Respiratory Therapist

GENERAL SUMMARY

Provides preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services as defined by the Scope of Care and under the written, verbal and telecommunicated order of a physician to individuals with a disorder, disease or abnormality of the cardiopulmonary system.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Basic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs patient assessment, recommends and collaborates in planning for treatment delivery to achieve individual patient care goals.

  • Delivery of inhaled medications via pressurized and non-pressurized devices.

  • Provision of and participation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, endotracheal intubation and airway management.

  • Set up and maintenance of invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilatory support devices.

  • Arterial puncture and blood gas analysis.

  • Provision of therapy to improve pulmonary function, including set up and delivery of oxygen and other environmental controls, bronchial hygiene, and manipulation of chest wall through use of adjunct devices.

  • Performance of non-invasive cardiac diagnostics and pulmonary function studies.

  • Education of patients, caregivers and community in maintenance of respiratory health and management of cardiopulmonary diseases.

  • Promotion of Hospital and profession through community activities and continued education.

  • Cross-training in additional specialized diagnostic, therapeutic or educational modalities (as determined by department service need, shift responsibilities and individual interest) including cardiac stress testing, pulmonary function analysis, electroencephalograms, pulmonary rehabilitation, asthma education, neonatology and/or tobacco cessation counseling.

  • Performance of departmental clerical and basic administrative tasks, including maintenance of logs and statistics, filing, answering telephone and sending reports.

  • Maintenance, calibration and minor repair of department equipment.

  • Provision of in-services to co-workers and other members of health care team.

  • Supervision and education of students in cardiopulmonary therapy and diagnostics.

  • Application of Quality Assurance and Control concepts and methods throughout related activities, and participates in performance improvement measures.

  • Performs job responsibilities in an ethical manner consistent with the organization's values, professional standards and with the hospital's Corporate Compliance Program, policies, procedures and protocols.

  • Applies CQI concepts and methods throughout related activities.

    MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Licensed to practice respiratory therapy in State of Michigan.

  • Meets all educational requirements for licensure, including those of the National Board for Respiratory Care, typically acquired through completion of an associate or higher degree at an accredited institution of higher learning.

  • Relevant experience typically obtained through a minimum of twelve continuous months hands-on patient care in an acute care facility.

  • Job-specific skill requirements:

  • HCP - BCLS required

  • ACLS or training and documented competency in endotracheal intubation

  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) certification required (within 6 months)

  • Analytical ability as well as visual, auditory and sensory acuity necessary to assess and monitor patient conditions, recognize signs/symptoms of physiological response to invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic actions and take immediate action. Ability to record and interpret patient data.

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and collaborate with physicians, patients and other members of health care team.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    X Exposure to blood and/or body fluids

    X Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals or Pharmaceuticals.

    X Repetitive bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, 25 lbs to equivalent of associate's weight

    _ Minimal bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, 0-25 lbs

    _ Moderate bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, 10-25 lbs

    X Continual standing

    _ Continual sitting

    X Sporadic keyboarding, sitting, standing,

    X Utilization of personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, gowns, boots, etc)

    _ Continual keyboarding

    Please check the appropriate age specific competencies:

    XPrenatal & Perinatal (0-2) XYoung Child (2-8)

    XAdolescent (9-15) XAdult (16-28)

    XMiddle-Aged Adult (29-53) XGeriatric (54-74)

    _ XFrail Adult (75+) __Not applicable, no clinical contact

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