The Respiratory Therapist is responsible for performing respiratory care assessments, performing and planning interventions, and evaluating outcomes of care. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, direct patient care, patient/family education, and provision and supervision of therapeutic treatments. In addition, the Respiratory Therapist provides clinical management, control and diagnostic evaluation consistent with the prescribed treatment plan and the policies and procedures of the Department of Cardio-Respiratory Services. The Respiratory Therapist performs care consistent with the age specific and developmental needs of patients.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Participates in hospital or departmental performance improvement activities.Perform special assignments as needed/requested.Serves as a clinical resource to department staff, students, volunteers and other departments, and contributes to the teamwork essential to ensuring quality patient care.Takes appropriate measures to ensure safety of patients.

Attend staff meetings and in-services.Transport patients safely.Provide care of patients with a variety of medical diagnosis and resulting complications.Performs respiratory assessments.

Administers respiratory treatments.Set up and manage ventilators.Administer medications.Obtain arterial blood gas, sampling and analyzing.Perform electrocardiograms.

Provide patient/family education.Document interventions.Evaluates outcomes of care.Monitor patient status and response to therapy.

Maintains a clean work environment and department Remove equipment after use and make ready for next use Functions as Team Lead, when needed

a. Texas licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. b. Current BLS (AHA) certification. (BLS prior to first day in clinical staffing)c.

Current ACLS (AHA), PALS (AHA), and NRP (ACLS, NRP, and PALS within 6 months of hire date or Job Description change date which ever is later, NRP only needed if working in NICU)
a. Graduate of an accredited school of Professional Respiratory Therapy.

a. Demonstrated experience in related clinical area or demonstrated ability to acquire new skills. b. Clinically proficient in respiratory care, demonstrating knowledge of the developmental needs of neonate/infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.

Special Qualifications:
a. Effective verbal and written communication skills. b. Computer and keyboarding skills. c. Ability to work with others to ensure quality patient care. d. Strong problem solving skills. e. Continuous focus on excellence in work environment.

Degree of Supervision Required:
Involves general guidance and directions by the Director of Cardio-pulmonary/Manager/Supervisor. The employee will be expected to perform most job duties independently, and in accordance with established departmental and hospital policies and procedures.

Patient Population Served:
This position requires knowledge of growth and developmental needs of patients. Employees in this position must recognize and respond to the behaviors of patients in neonate/infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric age categories. The employee must be able to demonstrate the special skills required to care for patients and their families according to Medical Center of Lewisville expectations and standards. The skills and knowledge need to provide such care may be gained through education, training, or experience.

Working Conditions:
Hospital rooms, common areas, clinical departments, and hospital grounds. See attached physical demands analysis for information related to potential job hazards, and functional requirements.

Associated topics:
aso, crt, resp, respiratory, respiratory care, respiratory therapist, rrt, therapist

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