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Respiratory Therapist

Company: CARLE
Location: Effingham
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) shall provide all aspects of respiratory care under the guidance of a qualified physician and the Director of Respiratory Therapy.

  • Is able to work unsupervised and, when needed, can assist with duties of the Director, specifically in the absence of the Director of Respiratory Therapy.
  • Is able to effectively administer oxygen mixtures utilizing various oxygen delivery devices. Can set up, initiate and maintain ventilators and CPAP devices.
  • Is familiar with the principles of airway maintenance, endotracheal and tracheostomy care. Follows the procedures and observations for care during and after extubation.
  • Initiates and maintains cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other related life support procedures.
  • Confers with physicians regarding all aspects of Respiratory Therapy concerning patient care.
  • Administers specific dosages of all Respiratory Therapy related medications as specified by a physician. Recognizes, interprets, and records signs and symptoms of medication side effects particularly those that require notification of a physician.
  • Effectively and safely uses equipment for delivering positive pressure, humidification, nebulization, and medications to patients.
  • Effectively utilizes methods that assist in the removal of secretions from the bronchial tree such as, hydration, breathing and coughing exercise, postural drainage, chest percussion and airway suctioning.
  • Performs all aspects of pulmonary function testing, if trained. Effectively uses all department pulmonary function equipment.
  • Performs 12 lead EKG's and prepares them for physician interpretation.
  • When needed is capable of overseeing the work of the certified and non-certified technicians who are performing those procedures requiring a high level of expertise.
  • Is able to dismantle and reassemble most of the Respiratory Therapy equipment. Is able to take all necessary precautions to insure the safe handling of all respiratory equipment.
  • Works well with each age level of patient. Is sensitive to the age specific needs of each individual patient and alters the clinical approach accordingly.
  • Participates in the department's continuing education programs.
  • Actively participates in Performance Improvement Processes.
  • Interprets and carries out physician orders accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Able to allay anxieties of patient/families regarding respiratory/cardiac procedures.
  • Works with other departments to insure appropriate and efficient service to patients.
  • The Carle Experience/Core Values - Practices the WAY TO BE standards and related MUST-HAVES in his/her daily work. Is approachable, respectful, professional, the solution and a team player in his/her actions and words as an ambassador for the hospital and Carle Health System. Adheres to and demonstrates CRMH Core Values in all job responsibilities.

Keywords: CARLE, Decatur , Respiratory Therapist, Healthcare , Effingham, Illinois

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