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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 Pulmonary Lab and/or the Sleep Laboratory.
- 1. Able to perform a wide variety of complex clinical and technical tasks according to the standards set forth in the Departmental Procedure manual.
- 2. Maintains complete and timely documentation in all job aspects, including all facets of the medical record and all departmental statistical records. Part-time and per diem employees may be restricted in some procedures as determined by the Manager and/or Medical director and noted on the Orientation Checklist and demonstrated in Competency Testing
- 3. Maintains an accurate and current awareness of all departmental and hospital policies and procedures as evidenced in clinical competencies, attendance at departmental in-services, review and compliance with all communication sheet entries, announcements and memoranda pertinent to the operation of the department.
- 4. The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the department's policies and procedures
- 5. CATH LAB SPECIFIC: Operates a wide variety of complex technical equipment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Continuously monitors patient and response and makes appropriate suggestions to the cardiologist and/or angiographer. Assists the cardiologist and/or angiographer during the performance of cardiac catheterization with and without angioplasty. Understands all technical aspects of Cardiac Catheterization and Primary Cardiac Angioplasty.
- 6. SLEEP LAB SPECIFIC: Under the general supervision of the Sleep Medical Director perform various in and out of lab sleep testing to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. Knowledge and understanding of indications and contraindications for noninvasive ventilation and oxygen therapy. Educate patients as needed on sleep disease processes and current therapies that are being utilized. Coordinates quality assurance data collection and other daily processes including a variety of duties to support the operations of the department. Able to perform the duties defined for a sleep technician and able to provide oversight of other sleep center staff as needed.
Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy, NBRC approved college or equivalent required, B.S. preferred. Four weeks training in Cardiac Catheterization and Primary Angioplasty and 6 months on-the-job training, two years of sleep lab experience. Ongoing education in the field of sleep medicine and 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. Ongoing education and continuing education units to maintain CPFT/RPFT credential.
One year in-hospital clinical practice experience. One year in sub-specialty area (Cardiac Catheterization, Pulmonary Lab 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. Registered in Cardiac Invasive Specialties by Cardiac Credentialing International (RCIS - CCI) preferred. For Sleep Lab, Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) certification required through the BRPT (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists). For Pulmonary Lab CPFT required, RPFT preferred. Must obtain CPFT within 6 months of hire for Pulmonary Lab. Must obtain RPSGT within 6 months of hire for Sleep Lab
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 pentamidine, ribovirin, radiation and other potentially harmful substances listed in the MSDS.