PHC Respiratory Therapist – Clearfield, PA

Assists in planning, organizing, and directing of certified and non-certified technicians as needed
Reads prescription, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient’s condition and determine requirements for treatment such as type and duration of therapy, and medications and dosages and then executes physician orders
Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy
Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with physician’s orders
Operates equipment to ensure specified parameters of treatment such as volume, gas concentration, humidity, and temperature and to administer medicinal gases and aerosol drugs to patients
Sets up and operates devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators
Performs required standard testing procedures utilized by a Certified Respiratory Therapist
Responds to Code Blue within 4 minutes of the alarm or paging system notification
Assists with bronchoscopies and ECG’s when appropriate

Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and Department Director to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified

Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
Informs Department Director / Service Line Director / Clinical Manager of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues

Maintains current CPR certification

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