Respiratory Therapist

 

Provides respiratory therapeutics and cardiopulmonary diagnostics to all age groups according to established guidelines, policies and procedures. Utilizes assessment, intervention and evaluation to plan appropriate age specific care to inpatients and outpatients. Participates with other healthcare providers to ensure plan of care is interdisciplinary and the patients, family members and staff are educated appropriately.

 

RESPONSIBLE TO (POSITION SUPERVISED BY):

Supervised by Director of Nursing

Responsible to Medical Director

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND CREDENTIALS:

  • Associates in Respiratory Care
  • Oklahoma State licensed
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Valid CPR Certification

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

The employee must be able to perform each essential function effectively to be successful in this position.

  1. Interviews and examines patients regarding their respiratory ailments
  2. Diagnosing respiratory ailments
  3. Testing patient lung capacities
  4. Analyzing the levels of oxygen and other gases in a patient’s blood
  5. Examining test results and identifying issues
  6. Removing mucus and other fluids from patient’s lungs
  7. Clearing patients airways of physical obstructions
  8. Educating patients on lung health and disease prevention
  9. Instructing patients on the use of inhalers and other respiratory tools
  10. Providing emergency resuscitation in cases of ceased breathing

 

  1. Able to treat ventilation patients, who cannot breathe on their own, by connecting them to ventilators and other life-support systems
  2. Determining patient treatment plans with supervising physician.

The preceding list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to work based on facility needs. Must be available on an “on-call” basis and readily available to be summoned to the facility in an emergency and is expected to report to the facility in an emergency.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Works in a climate-controlled and well-lighted environment with a smoke-free policy. Works in an office and throughout the building daily.  Has Category 1 risk of exposure to infectious diseases, but receives training in hand washing practices and Universal Precautions and has access to personal protective equipment if direct exposure is anticipated. Is subject to interruptions, noise, and odors daily.  Complies with infection control practices related to job, participates in performance improvement activities, general safety, body mechanics, right-to-know, fire prevention, patient safety, corporate compliance and HIPAA.PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTSDEMANDS:

(With or without the aid of mechanical devices)

Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day

  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position
  • Must possess sight/hearing senses or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of the position can be fully met
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with patients, personnel, and support agencies
  • Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which may include a medical and physical examination
  • Must be able to push, pull, move and/or lift a minimum of 20lbs pounds to a minimum height of 6 feet and able to push, pull, move, and/or carry such weight a minimum distance of 10 feet.
  • Must be able to assist in the evacuation of patients during emergency situations.