Performs day-to-day Respiratory Care, including bronchial hygiene procedures, oxygen initiation and follow up, and care of the Emergency Room patients in need of Respiratory Services. Sets up and performs complex respiratory care procedures such as continuous artificial ventilation and administration or medications. Records patient data to include ventilatory volumes, pressure/flows, and blood gas analysis.
PATIENT CARE: Performs basic pulmonary function testing. Performs
oxygen prescription studies and EKGs. Demonstrates the knowledge and
skills necessary to provide care based on physical, psychosocial,
educational, safety, and related criteria appropriate to the age of the
patient population served. Sets up and maintains oxygen therapy,
non-invasive monitors, diagnostic and ventilator devices while they are in
use. Performs all bronchial hygiene procedures per department protocols.
Charts therapy and routine checks performed on patient medical
charts/electronic medical record. Performs ABG sampling and analysis,
and reports results to ordering physician. Communicates relevant
information regarding respiratory care services to physicians and nurses.
Gives shift reports to oncoming therapist following established policy and
procedures. Consistently displays appropriate customer relations
behavior as dictated by the Customer Service Program. Performs CPR in
QUALITY and SAFETY: Practices safe and effective use of equipment.
Provides routine and advance troubleshooting procedures to blood gas
analyzers and life support systems. Disassembles and prepares assigned
respiratory therapy equipment for sterilization. Follows hospital-wide and
departmental infection control policies and recommendations from the
Department of Infection Control. Follows hospital-wide and departmental
safety policies and recommendations from the Safety Committee.
Required: Associates Degree OR equivalent training acquired via work experience or education
Preferred: Bachelors Degree
Specify Degree(s): Respiratory Therapy
Required: 1-2 years of previous job-related experience
Preferred: 3-5 years of previous job-related experience
Managerial Experience: N/A
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
Current Respiratory Care License State of Illinois
ACLS (Advanced Cardio Life Support Certified)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Recognition
PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Normal light, heat, air and space in work environment
Work takes place on hospital unit or clinical setting