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Respiratory Therapist

Company: Memorial Health System
Location: Springfield
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Job Description:

Overview: Initiate, maintain, and discontinue basic and intensive respiratory therapy equipment and techniques in the administration of prescribed respiratory care procedure to patients of all ages with cardiopulmonary disorders. Required Skills: Prepares and tests R.T. equipment for proper and safe operation and periodically checks R.T. equipment in use and on units for proper operation and routine service. Reports malfunctioning equipment to manager. Follows and enforces safety rules, instructions, and procedures of the Respiratory Therapy Department and hospital to contain and minimize the spread of infection. Receives, documents, and executes physician's orders relating to Respiratory Care Order Set. Interprets and evaluates physician's orders and charts that pertain to respiratory and identifies possible contraindications to medications, treatments and related hazard with their use. Measures and administers prescribed medications to patients, such as oxygen and aerosolized medications to patients. Administers the following procedures or therapies; Ezpap, chest physical therapy, incentive spirometry, TB skin tests, pulse oximetry and bedside pulmonary function/mechanics, high-flow oxygen therapy. Assesses patient's condition and response to respiratory therapy by checking patient's pulse, blood pressure, respiratory frequency, tidal volume, inspiratory pressure, cough, sputum, breath sounds, and other pertinent data that relates to the patient. Must also be alert to adverse reactions of patient during treatment, plus be aware of proper response to emergencies. Recognizes and responds to the signs of cardiopulmonary arrest and/or failure and life threatening arrhythmias seen on EKG's. As necessary, assists in performing and/or initiating CPR procedures. Modifies therapy in accordance with respiratory care order set in cases of adverse or ineffective patient response and reports changes to shift supervisor. Records procedures, patient responses, and medication administration in accordance with departmental documentation requirements. Relays same information orally or in writing to management and/or other therapist(s) as shift changes occurs. Participates in in-services, continuing education, and other staff development activities to develop and maintain necessary competencies. Maintains the security and confidentiality of all patient records and information. Evaluates and ensures the accuracy of ABG reports and informs the proper physician, nurse, and/or therapist of abnormal results. Performs arterial punctures using approved criteria and maintains competency through annual review. Can also analyze ABG's via GEM Premier. Required Experience: Education: Graduate of AMA approved School of Respiratory Care. Licensure/Certification/Registry: Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care or graduated from certificate-only program prior to 1996. Must have an active Illinois Respiratory Care Practitioner license. Current CPR certification. Experience: Demonstrates the ability to provide respiratory care and therapy to patients of all ages and condition, including intensive care, neonatal, and pediatric patients. May possess the technical skills, education, and experience to perform intubations. Employment Type: Full Time Bonus/Commission: Yes

Keywords: Memorial Health System, Springfield , Respiratory Therapist, Healthcare , Springfield, Illinois

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