A Respiratory Therapist works in accordance with evidenced based policies and procedures of the Medical Center with all patient populations. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide respiratory therapy to patients as ordered by the prescribing physician that is appropriate to all the ages of the patients served. In accordance with established policies and procedures, administers medical gases, medications, airway clearance, mechanical ventilation, other respiratory modalities, monitor levels of supplies and equipment for department and patient care areas. Applies theoretical knowledge to care of neonate, infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients with other members of the healthcare team by demonstrating competence in respiratory skills, problem solving, and critical thinking that is appropriate to the ages of the patients served.
Primary Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities
•Performs respiratory skills within scope of Illinois Respiratory Therapy Practice Act, in accordance with the Respiratory Care Practitioner.
•Delivers respiratory care activities per order by a licensed healthcare professional to patients admitted to a general floors, intermediate units, Intensive Care Units, and Emergency Department.
•Performs life sustaining interventions during emergent situations including Rapid Response calls and Code Blue Alerts under the direction of a licensed provider.
•Initiates and manages mechanical ventilation which may including high frequency ventilation, inverse I:E ratio, independent lung ventilation and other advanced modes of ventilation.
•Administers aerosolized medication, delivery of medical grade oxygen or air, initiates and maintains mechanical ventilators as order by a licensed healthcare professional
•Administers specialty medical gases which may include Oxygen, Nitrogen, Blended specialty gases, Heliox and Nitric Oxide.
•Assesses patients to evaluate effectiveness of therapy and demonstrates knowledge to recommend changes in therapy per patient symptomatic response.
•Provides documentation of intervention and response in accordance with regulatory requirements and TJC and Medicare guidelines.
•Collaborates with the interdisciplinary patient care teams that may include cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing or procedures.
•Successful completion of respiratory therapy program from an accredited school.
•Must be a credentialed Registered Respiratory Therapist by the National Board of Respiratory Care.
•Must have a current Respiratory Care Practitioner license and current National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentials if credentialed after July 1, 2002 or a new graduate therapist must successfully pass both the NBRC TMC (The Multiple Choice) and CSE (Clinical Simulation Exam) exams. Proof of Application must be made for appropriate state licensure before orientation to the department can begin. Licensure must be obtained within six months of hire for new graduates per the Licensure Practice Act.
•Must have basic electronic medical record documentation skills.
•CPR – American Heart Association (BLS for Health Care Providers)
Physical & Mental Requirements and Working Conditions
•Work requires the ability to lift objects weighing up to 60 pounds on a daily basis.
•Work requires ability to stand up to 4 hours at a time.
•Work requires: ability to stoop and bend, ability to reach, grab with arms and hands, manual dexterity, ability to communicate with others, and color vision.
•Work requires ability to push and/or pull respiratory equipment, supply carts, gurneys, beds, wheelchairs, and/or computer carts exerting an initial force of up to 35 pounds and exerting up to 25 pounds of force to sustain movement on a daily basis.
•Work requires ability to lift and position patients on a daily basis.