Registered Respiratory Therapist

The Duties of the Registered Respiratory Therapist include but are not limited to:
oAdministers a variety of complex respiratory therapy treatments o Sets up and monitors respiratory equipment such as invasive and noninvasive ventilators, end tidal CO2 monitors, oxygen delivery devices, re-breathers and oximetry monitors.
oPerforms bedside diagnostic tests to assess the respiratory status of patients.
o Performs Advanced Airway placement such as Endotracheal intubation, LMA placement or may assist physicians in placing artificial airways into patient's as required.
oDuring cardiac arrests, initiates artificial ventilation using mouth-to-mask techniques or a manual ventilation bag to restore patient's heartbeat and maintain ventilation.
During transport of patients, maintains clearance of airway, monitors vital signs, and performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation when necessary.
oPerforms routine respiratory therapy treatment to hospital ward patients such as administering oxygen and therapeutic aerosols, intermittent positive pressure breathing and incentive spirometry, chest physical therapy.
oProvides patient instruction for home care and pulmonary rehabilitation.
oDraws arterial blood samples from patients using needle and syringe.
Operates blood gas analyzer and oximeters to determine the level of oxygen, carbon dioxide and acid based balance of the blood.
oProvided in-service training to other respiratory therapists and nursing personnel relative to the types of treatments given, various types of medications used, and the set up and operation of respiratory equipment including the necessary cleaning and safety precautions.
oCalibrates complex respiratory equipment such as ventilators, analyzers to assure accurate performance.
oRecords treatment, findings and progress pertinent to patient care.
oProvides pre and postoperative patient instruction, equipment set up and cleaning, intraoperative assistance and processing of all clinical specimens in the performance of fiber optic bronchoscopies.
oPerforms pulmonary function studies as required.
These include spirometry, lung volumes, diffusion capacity and bronchial provocation testing.
oDelivers respiratory care as needed in the more complex respiratory care procedures and to poor risk patients such as those in the older age group.
Participates in the audit of respiratory care, recommending changes where indicated.
oAssists physician in performing bronchoscopy procedures.
oSafely and effectively uses equipment required for patient care using hospital policies and procedures, including appropriate cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.
80 hours per pay period, six 12 hour nights (7:
00pm to 7:
00 am) plus one 8 hour night.
Registered Respiratory Therapist (Medical Service, VA Maine HCS)

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