Lafayette General Health
Under the supervision of the Manager of Respiratory Care Services, a Respiratory Therapist performs a variety of duties to carry out the medical prescription of a physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease.
A) THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES
Conducts physician-prescribed therapy by the operation of IPPB machines, hand-held nebulizers, incentive spirometers, , room vaporizers, and various gas powered devices in order to administer prescribed drugs, gases, humidity and various oxygen concentrations to the patient.
Performs chest physiotherapy involving percussion, vibration and postural drainage.
Sets up, operates, maintains and monitors ventilators, and CPAP/BIPAP.
Makes rounds on a timely basis to check and maintain equipment and supplies on oxygen equipment, and room vaporizers.
Evaluates patients, consults with and advises other medical personnel, including physicians and nurses, regarding pulmonary management.
Assists the physician in performing therapeutic bronchoscopes.
Performs trach care on those patients receiving periodic therapeutic procedures.
Changes trach tubes and inserts trach buttons.
Performs extubation and assists in intubation.
Performs airway maintenance and naso- and/or tracheobronchial suctioning.
Responds to all CODE 9 calls to perform CPR as needed.
B) DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES:
Performs arterial puncture and capillary blood gas collection, comprehends the results of information, can recognize abnormal results and acts immediately in reporting to the appropriate personnel, can maintain and operate the blood gas analyzers and trouble shoot operation if necessary, reports results appropriately and enters results into the laboratory information system.
Performs pulmonary function studies.
Assists the physician in performing diagnostic bronchoscopies,
Set up, monitor, and download overnight saturation recordings.
Conducts in-service education and orientation programs for Respiratory Care practitioners.
Conducts in-serviced education for other medical personnel and students.
Participates in health education throughout the community.
D) QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL:
Performs quality control and equipment maintenance in the blood gas lab.
Performs preventive and routine maintenance of equipment as needed.
Participates in Quality Assurance through concurrent review of patients receiving therapy to evaluate objectives, effectiveness and staff performance.
Is responsible for the recognition and troubleshooting of malfunctioning or questionable equipment.
E) CONTINUING EDUCATION:
1) Keeps abreast of current technology and clinical practices.
2) Contributes to the in-service education program of the hospital.
3) Contributes to educating the community.
1) Properly and concisely records all pertinent patient information regarding therapy in the patients medical record, in accordance with hospital and department policy.
2) Properly and concisely reports to the on-coming shift, all pertinent patient information regarding treatments, problems, complications, new or changed orders, etc.
3) Processes Respiratory Care equipment cleaning, sterilizing and packaging as required.
4) Maintains the department in a clean, neat and orderly manner.
5) Observes all hospital and department safety rules
6) Stocks the department and satellite supply areas.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Hospital/Clinic and the employee. The job description is subject to change as the needs of the Hospital/Clinic and requirement of the job change.
Current License from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners as either a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Therapist, Registry-eligible Respiratory Therapist, or Certified- eligible Respiratory Therapist or Licensed Respiratory Therapist.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Medium Work as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50 pounds on occasion and/or a maximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis
May be required to assist in the turning, lifting, or moving patients as well as
walking about from patients rooms, as well as to and from various hospital areas
Formal application; verification of education, and experience; verification of license(s), certification(s), registration(s), accreditation(s) if applicable; oral interview, reference and background checks; job related tests may be required.
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