Respiratory Care Professionals are viewed as integral members of the health care team. You will set up and operate respiratory care equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease and/or illness. Possess knowledge of respiratory pharmacology to administer prescribed medications. You must have knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients ranging from adolescents to geriatrics. Provide instructions to patient when initiating new therapy/equipment and performing diagnostic procedures.
Conduct physician-prescribed treatments such as oxygen therapy, bronchial hygiene therapy, medicinal nebulizer therapy, ventilator care, diagnostic testing and assessment/evaluation
Perform arterial punctures, operate blood gas analyzers, measure/determine the acid base balance efficiency of ventilation and metabolism of the respiratory system; ensure adequate ventilation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Record treatment and patients' responses in respiratory care records and patient charts
Report necessary treatments and condition of patients to relief personnel
Report adverse treatment/drug reactions to physician, nurse and/or pharmacy, documenting all information
Perform diagnostic procedures: e.g. 12-lead ECGS, metabolics and pulmonary monitoring
Process respiratory therapy equipment, cleaning, sterilizing and packing as needed
Respiratory Care Practioner
Practioner of Respiratory Care
Practioner of Resp Care
Current State Licensure as a Respiratory Therapist and current BCLS are required.
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