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Pulmonary Function Technologist

Pulmonary Function Technologist
Job Description


The Pulmonary Diagnostic Technologist is responsible for:
  • Performs cardiopulmonary diagnostic procedures upon patients with suspected deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.  Performs calibration, maintenance, and quality control procedures.  Monitors oxygen therapy on the General Floors.
  • Performs Pulmonary Function Studies and ECGs on adult and pediatric patients.  Performs Arterial Blood Gas acquisition and analysis.  Administers testing procedures in a cost-effective manner; and in accordance with physicians written orders, protocols, and clinical pathways.
  • Administers respiratory care treatments and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of cardiopulmonary system, under supervision of Physician and by prescription.
  • May recommend, evaluate, and perform both basic and advanced respiratory care procedures by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Functions include but are not limited to the following:

Clinical Skills

  • Recommends both basic and advanced procedures to the physician to maintain cardiopulmonary status of the patient. Consults with Physician in event of adverse reactions (including pain).  Interacts with nursing and other ancillary staff to provide a team approach to the care of the patient.
  • Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes.  Interprets Cardiopulmonary data. 
  • Performs all types of mechanical ventilation (adult, pediatric, neonatal).  Sets up and operates devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.
  • May be assigned to a critical care unit after demonstrating the necessary knowledge to perform adequately in these areas.
  • Performs medication nebulizer, postural drainage, and other basic treatment modalities per the physician's written order.
  • Accurately documents all therapies performed, in the patient's medical record and in departmental records.  Utilization of a computer is necessary to perform these duties.
  • Performs routine pulmonary diagnostic procedures for adult and pediatric patients.  Pulmonary diagnostic procedures include:  spirometry, lung volume determination, diffusion capacity, arterial blood gas acquisition and analysis, and body plethysmography.
  • Monitors the administration of oxygen therapy to Adults outside of the Critical Care areas for medical necessity according to departmental guidelines.  Interacts with nursing to provide a team approach to titrating the oxygenation therapy of patients.
  • Functions primarily in the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Blood Chemistry Laboratories, and Medical-Surgical Units.  Provides cross-coverage to Non-Invasive Cardiology as needed. 
  • Monitors patient’s physiological responses to diagnostic procedures.  Reports any significant patient complaints (including pain) to MD or RN
  • Interprets pulse oximetry data for oxygen titration and Flow-Volume Loops for indication to administer post-bronchodilator spirometry.
  • Obtains arterial blood for analysis after being certified according to departmental procedures. 
  • Analyzes blood, and reviews SaO2 to assess requirements for oxygen therapy. 
  • Performs ECGs in accordance with physician’s orders.
  • Accurately documents all procedures performed in the patient’s medical record and in departmental records.  Utilization of a computer is necessary to perform these duties.  Maintains patient’s chart that contains pertinent identification, therapy and testing information.
  • Recommends both basic and advanced procedures to the physician to    
  • Maintain cardiopulmonary status of the patient. 


Job Requirements

MINIMUM Education:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Graduate of an accredited Pulmonary Technology program or three years of clinical experience  in a pulmonary function laboratory is required.   


  • Knowledge of pulmonary laboratory, clinical chemistry, and ECG procedures is required

REQUIRED LICENSES, Certificates, Registrations:

  • Must be Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • CPR certification is required.


15th and California, Chicago IL 60608


Respiratory CAre


7a - 7p (36 hours/week)