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Possesses knowledge and skills for basic airway maintenance and advanced airway maintenance if indicated (EndotrachaelIntubation).* Performs arterial punctures to obtain arterial blood gas analysis, if indicated by physician's order; understands the possiblecomplications and contraindications associated with the procedure.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of oxygen concentrations and medication doses as they relate to patients ofvarying ages, including adults and geriatric patients.
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the differences in techniques and treatment modalities as performed onpatients, including adults and geriatric patients.
Manages and operates equipment in a safe manner. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure that it isfunctioning safely.
Oversees the documentation of all pertinent data on the respiratory therapy progress notes with each visit.
Demonstrates the ability to use/perform: IPPB treatments, Hand-held Nebulizer treatments, Incentive Spirometer, Aerosol treatments, Chest PT, postural drainage, percussion, cough, Pulmonary Function testing, Pulse Oximetry, Training in breathing exercises, CPAP, Other methods of treatment/equipment upon physician orders
Knows the proper method and follows hospital policies and protocols for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing equipment used to provide respiratory care services.
Participates in Performance Improvement Activities as a part of the interdisciplinary team.
Maintains knowledge of the various methods of oxygen delivery and is able to assess possible side effects of oxygen delivery.
Performs initial patient evaluations per physician's order within the determined time frame.
Administers respiratory treatments according to physician orders or supervises nursing staff in the delivery of treatments.
Able to recognize the possible side effects of treatments and reports any side effects to the Physician, charge nurse or DON immediately.
Performs N-95 Respirator fit testing for employees.
Monitors and assesses patients on telemetry|cardiac monitors.
Completion and documentation of vital signs, blood glucose monitoring and other delegated tasks.
Other duties as assigned that are within scope of position.
Formal Education: Associate Degree or certification equivalent Experience: Less than 6 months License, Registration, and / or Certification Requirement: Yes Education Requirements
Current Respiratory Therapist license in the state of practice
Knowledge of all aspects of cardiopulmonary care services
Basic computer skills.