Registered Respiratory Therapist ( Job Number: 167987 )
Kaiser Permanente - Denver, CO

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Administers respiratory treatments, procedures, & diagnostic testing at Sleep Apnea Department under the direction of the physician. Makes members/patients & their needs a primary focus of one's actions; develops & sustains productive member/patient relationships. Actively seeks information to underst& member/patient circumstances, problems, expectations, & needs. Builds rapport & cooperative relationship w/ members/patients. Considers how actions or plans will affect members; responds quickly to meet member/patient needs & resolves problems. Essential Functions:
• Performs diagnostic testing including testing including, but not limited to, spirometry w/ & w/out bronchodilators, MVV, DLCO, LV, methocholine changes, 02 protocol testing, 02 saturation, exercise testing for home oxygen use, using a variety of equipment
• Performs arterial punctures to obtain specimens for arterial blood gases
• Fits masks for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea
• Coordinates treatment from inception to completion of treatment
• Analyzes, evaluates & interprets polysomnographic results & develops an appropriate treatment plan in accordance w/ department procedures
• Assess patient's physical signs & symptoms & adjusts treatment plan when needed
• Collects scientific data & compiles comparative analysis w/ standard & testing equipment for blind studies to determine effectiveness
• Administers respirator care including aerosol therapy, oxygen therapy, oral & tracheal suctioning, nebulizer treatments & obtains specimens as required
• Performs bronchial hygiene, postural drainage percussion
• Documents patient assessments, test results, treatment plans & recommendations in patient charts & monitors patient throughout treatment providing education for tracheotomy care, lung disease, home oxygen therapy, & breathing retraining
• Participates in providing in-service education for physicians & support staff
• Maintains respirator care equipment in clean, safe & calibrated condition through maintenance checks
• Also troubleshoots equipment when needed
• Performs other duties as assigned
• In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors & principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives
• Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, & behaviors necessary to provide superior & culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, & to purchasers, contracted providers & vendors Qualifications Basic Qualifications:
• HS Diploma or GED
• Successful completion of a Respiratory Therapist training program approved by the American Medical Association
• License as a Respiratory therapist by the state of Colorado OR Certificate from Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists
• Provider Identifier (NPI) & Toxonomy code required at time of hire
• Ability to operate respiratory equipment & perform related technical procedures
• Demonstrated customer service skills, customer focus abilities & the ability to underst& Kaiser Permanente customer needs
• This position will float between facilities Preferred Qualifications:
• Prefer 6 months work experience as a registered respiratory therapist
• Prefer previous sleep apnea experience

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