None Specified Preferred Knowledge, Skills
Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care. Under general supervision, performs routine and intensive respiratory care treatment, diagnostic testing, manages routine and critical care equipment, provides patient education and care planning, and assists with discharge planning for patient neonatal through geriatric. Key member of critical care response teams, include Code Blue, Rapid Response Team (ACT team), Trauma Alert, and Cardiac Alert.
Unit Specific Position Responsibilities
Stocks patient care areas utilizing LEAN concepts.
Performs routine preventive maintenance on various pieces of equipment.
Assists with on-call responsibilities, as assigned.
Cleans, disinfects and sterilizes various pieces of equipment according to procedures. Assembles and checks equipment function prior to patient use.
Assessment: Observes and monitors signs, symptoms and reactions to respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing, determines whether these exhibit normal or abnormal characteristics and consults with medical staff and other members of the health care team by making recommendations and suggesting changes as necessary.
Care Plan: Develop, implement, and monitor respiratory care plan.
Routine Therapy: Delivers aerosol therapy, medical gas therapy, chest physical therapy and postural drainage, and incentive breathing exercises. Initiates oxygen therapy per physician order or protocol and advises physician on options available. Periodically checks oxygen therapy delivery system and patient response.
Critical Care (CRT & RRT only ): Sets up, operates and troubleshoots mechanical ventilators, CPAP systems and headboxes in ICCU and NICU; checks such functions as flow, volumes, pressures, gas mixture and humidification system. Performs and interprets weaning parameters, determines patient's pulmonary compliance and advises physician of patient's ability to be weaned from mechanical ventilator support during daily ICU Rounds.
Diagnostics: Performs bedside pulmonary function testing, exhaled gas analysis, ECG testing, and utilizes pulse oximetry to assess, adjust and wean oxygen therapy. Performs arterial blood gas collection, analysis, reporting, and
Airway Maintenance: Suctions patients, assists with tracheostomy care, conscious sedation support, and responds to emergency calls to provide airway maintenance.
Procedure Assist: Assists with special procedures such as bedside bronchoscopy.
Documentation: Maintains medical records and departmental records.
Emergency Response/Support (CRT & RRT only): Key member of critical care response teams, include Code Blue, Rapid Response Team (ACT team), Trauma Alert, and Cardiac Alert.
Age Specific Care: Take into consideration the age, growth and development of the patient when planning and providing care and diagnostic procedures.
Assists with discharge planning and contributes to daily patient care conferences.
Participates in community educational programs, smoking cessation and pulmonary function testing to promote health awareness.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
Required Qualifications (Including any licensure, certification, education):
Complete Respiratory Certification Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),
Successfully complete certification level credentialing examinations offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC),
Must be licensed as Respiratory Care Practitioner by the Iowa Department of Public Health or,
must be a second year student, in a registry-level program, in good standing.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
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