The Respiratory Therapist is responsible for performing procedures and operating various equipment in accordance with physician orders or under the guidance and direction of the Director of Respiratory.
· Administers respiratory therapy treatments and emergency respiratory care, using prescribed equipment, gases, drugs, or other required methods.
· Performs pulmonary diagnostic studies as directed for patient assessment.
· Places patient in proper position for treatment ensuring comfort and safety of patient.
· Takes and records vital signs and conditions of patient and records same as directed.
· Observes and monitors patient during procedure and takes corrective action as necessary.
· Performs necessary reporting functions as directed.
· Insures that equipment and supplies are available and in proper condition for patient use.
· Perform cardiac diagnostic studies as directed.
· Must be able to set up, maintain and make prescribed changes to mechanical ventilation.
· Must be able to perform Blood Gas Analysis and/or Arterial Sampling.
· Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings
· Participate in committee meetings upon request
· Performs other related duties as assigned.
· High School Diploma or GED equivalent; and
· Successful completion of a formal respiratory therapy course.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
· Possession of a valid National Board of Respiratory Care Certification in states where certification is required; and
· Must possess State Certification or Temporary Work Permit for respiratory care practitioner.
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