The respiratory therapist 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:
Primary clinical responsibilities:
- 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.
- Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with Physician's orders in their assigned unit.
- Evaluates all therapies performed for medical necessity according to Departmental guidelines.
- Operates equipment to ensure specified parameters of treatment such as volume, gas concentration, humidity, and temperature, and to administer medical gases and aerosol drugs to patients.
- Obtains arterial blood for gas analysis after being certified according to Departmental procedures. Reads prescription, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient condition and determine requirements for treatment such as type and duration of therapy, and medication and dosages.
- May be assigned to a critical care unit after demonstrating the necessary knowledge to perform adequately in these areas.
- Maintains patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information.
- Educates patients and their families, physicians, and other health care workers in proper respiratory care procedures that sustain and promote respiratory health.
- Installs and maintains oxygen delivery systems per the physician's written order. Starts equipment and observes gauges measuring pressure, rate of flow, and continuity to test equipment, and notifies Clinical Manager or Resource Coordinator of malfunctions.
- 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.
- Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel. May assume supervisory responsibilities in absence of supervisor.
- Associates Degree or equivalent from a two-year AMA approved school for Respiratory Care.
MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE:
- One year
REQUIRED LICENSES, Certificates, Registrations:
- Must be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
- Must be licensed by the State of Illinois as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP).
- CPR and NRP certification required.
- RRT certification is preferred.