Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) in both inpatient and/or outpatient settings, complete patient assessments through direct contact, chart review and other means as appropriate and share the information with health care team members. The RRT uses accepted measuring/monitoring tools for determining plan of care. They place nasal and oropharyngeal airway and perform nasal and tracheal suctioning. RRTs obtain, analyze and report arterial and venous blood gas samples. They perform duties in the critical area with close supervision to include in- line suctioning, re-positioning and securing Endo Tracheal tube, bag valve mask ventilation, assisting in patient transport and performing patient ventilator assessment. RRTs provide outpatient services, such as positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, oxygen therapy and COPD care. Duties include, but are not limited to: Administer prescribed medications that pertain to the field, note contraindications and/ or adverse reactions, and notify the physician and recommend corrective therapy as indicated; Monitor patient reactions to therapy with the use of pulse oximetry; Promote and participate in patient education and rehabilitation by explaining procedures and therapies to the patients and their families; Perform pulmonary function tests including spirometry, lung volumes, and exercise testing; Provide emergency respiratory therapy treatments to critically ill patients; Administer oxygen, aerosol, humidity, and positive pressure breathing therapy; Position patient and perform chest physiotherapy and drainage, noting the effectiveness of therapy; Maintain and monitor ventilator patients as required and make adjustments based on blood gas analysis with the physician's approval; Implement adult artificial ventilation upon physician's orders. Work Schedule: All shifts, days, nights, weekends; holidays may be required. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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