The Registered Respiratory Therapist position is located in the Medical Service at the Martinsburg VAMC in Martinsburg, WV. The RRT conducts a program of treatment diagnostic evaluation, management, and care of patients with deficiencies, and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Provides respiratory therapy to patients as ordered by physicians according to established standards and practices. Demonstrates behaviors consistent with the philosophy, goals, and commitment to total quality improvement of Veterans Administration Hospital Center. Adheres to all hospital and departmental policies, procedures, and regulations, including attendance. Provides the full range of cardiopulmonary care as needed within the facility. Performs mechanical ventilator management, Bi-pap and respiratory monitoring. The therapist under emergency conditions may be required to independently provide adjustments to machines in conjunction with blood gas studies and ventilator data. Performs emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintains adequate airways, measures ventilator volumes, pressures and flows of patients requiring critical care. Airway management may consist of intubation (nasotracheal and oral), management of airway by suctioning nasally, orally, and via tracheotomy. Therapist is responsible for routine trach changes throughout hospital and nursing home facility. Performs arterial blood gas studies as well as Pulse Oximetry, interpretation, and analysis. Documenting results in computer and communicating with physician on critical values, making necessary changes to correct as needed. Performs daily quality control and maintenance in compliance with College of American Pathologist (CAP) requirements on ABG analyzer presently utilized by this facility. Performs Pulmonary Function testing which requires maintenance and calibration of Collins Computerized Spirometer. Various studies including, (FVC, SVC, FRC, DLCO, MVV) pre and post bronchodilator. Required computers skills, entering collected data of patient results following procedure. Educates patients in various clinical situations including sleep apnea. CPAP with consultation from physician, applies proper fitting of mask, head gear, and setting of pressures in concordance to sleep studio requirements. Documents follow up and evaluates as needed in compliance with JCAHO. Evaluates, documents, and educates patients who fit the criteria for Home Oxygen/or Nebulization Therapy reevaluating as needed per JCAHO requirements. Sets up and checks equipment, administers respiratory medication for aerosol treatment as ordered by the physicians/or by patient driven protocols, charts treatment, response and progress. Evaluates as needed and documents Respiratory status. Communicates with physician of any adverse effects. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops. Maintains logs and records. Performs workload capture for all procedures performed. Trains other staff including physicians and students in issues relevant to respiratory therapy. Performs inventory of respiratory equipment and maintains adequate stock of equipment. Participates in out-patient and in-patient scheduling management. Incumbent has the knowledge of operation and function of Holter monitoring devices and has the ability to perform all holter monitoring exams. Provides patient care in all outpatient clinics including the phone, virtual, and face-to-face. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Work Schedule: Su-Sa 8,10,or 12 hour shifts day/night Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.