Respiratory Therapist
Clark Fork Valley Hospital - Plains, MT

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WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, risk of radiation, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; extreme cold; extreme heat; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions,

percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. SUMMARY Administers respiratory therapy care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of cardiopulmonary system, under supervision of Physician and by prescription, by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Administers respiratory therapy and life support to patients with compromised or abnormal cardiopulmonary systems under the supervision of a physician and by prescription. Performs diagnostic tests for cardiopulmonary systems by prescripiton. Reads prescription, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient condition and determine requirements for treatment such as type and duration of therapy, and medication and dosages that will be compatible with physician's orders. 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. Sets up and operates devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators. 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. Monitors patient's physiological responses to therapy such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes. Performs bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patient in performing breathing exercises. Performs pulmonary function tests to be used by Physician in diagnosis of case. Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy. Consults with Physician in event of adverse reactions. Maintains patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently. Orders repairs when needed. Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel. Arterial blood gas sampling. Arterial blood gas analysis. Arterial blood gas machine quality control, maintenance and troubleshooting. BIPAP applications. Cough and deep breathing patients. CPAP, CPR, CPT. Patient billing. EKG's. Event monitoring. Holter monitor diagnostic testing. IPPB. Incentive spiromithy. Mechanical ventilation. Mist tent set up and maintenance. Overnight oximeters. Oxygen therapy. Patient scheduling. Pre-op respiratory evaluations. Proficiency testing. Pulmonary function testing. Pulse oximetry. Quality control. Suctioning. Small volume nebulizer treatments. Aerosol treatments. Oxyhoods. Airway support in newborns.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Currently licensed as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner in the state of Montana. Must be either certified or registered by the NBRC.

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