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Assesses, implements and coordinates the Respiratory Care Plan for inpatients and outpatients. Operates a wide variety of complex technical equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Continuously monitors therapy, therapeutic response and the disease process being treated and makes appropriate and timely revisions and modifications to the treatment plan in consult with the interns, residents, attending physicians and pulmonary physiologist. In addition to general Respiratory Therapy responsibilities, the Sr. Registered Respiratory Therapist role supports specialized complex functions within the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and/or the Sleep Laboratory.
Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy, JRCRTE approved college or equivalent required, B.S. preferred. Four weeks training in Cardiac Catheterization and Primary Angioplasty and 6 months on-the-job training or Two years of sleep lab experience. Ongoing education in the field of sleep medicine at a rate of 10 continuing education units annually as defined by the AASM for technologists in an accredited sleep program; must additionally meet all BRPT and AASM educational requirements
One year in-hospital clinical practice experience. One year in sub-specialty area (Cardiac Catheterization and/or Sleep Lab)
Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Therapy. Basic Life Support Certificate by American Heart Association. Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certificate by American Heart Association. Licensed by the State of Connecticut in Respiratory Therapy. Certification in Arterial Blood Gas Sampling by Medical Director, Respiratory Care Services, GHA. Registered in Cardiac Invasive Specialties by Cardiac Credentialing International (RCIS - CCI) preferred. For Sleep Lab, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) certification must be obtained within 6 months from hire date through the BRPT (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists).
Work with patients comprises great majority of job role. Patient condition varies from healthy outpatients to severely ill intensive care patients. Frequent contact with patients' families and visitors. Extensive daily interaction with medical staff, including nurses, interns, residents, and attending physicians. Occasional contact with other hospital personnel.
Administers tests and/or therapy in a standing position (75%). Able to respond to emergencies with rapid dispatch, including the ability to walk up to 7 flights of stairs. Bending to angles greater than 45 degrees. Lifting, pulling and pushing objects up to 40 pounds. Transports equipment weighing up to 300 pounds on rollers. Able to move patients weighing up to 300 pounds with assistance using proper body mechanics and equipment. Able to perform prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Exposure to respiratory and other pathogens including drug resistant strains of tuberculosis and A. Staph, HIV, and hepatitis B. Exposure to blood and body fluids. Exposure to glutaraldehyde, pentamidine, ribovirin, radiation and other potentially harmful substances listed in the MSDS.