The Amarillo VA Health Care System is recruiting for a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for the Amarillo VA Medical Center and the Lubbock Outpatient Clinic. The RRT serves as a member of the Respiratory Therapy Section of Amarillo VA Healthcare System. The Respiratory Therapy subsection is responsible for providing the full range of clinical procedures related to respiratory care. Administers a variety of therapeutic respiratory therapy treatments. Sets up and monitors respiratory equipment such as invasive and noninvasive ventilators, end tidal CO2 monitors, oxygen delivery devices, re- breathers and oximetry monitors. Performs bedside diagnostic tests to assess the respiratory status of patients. Without close supervision assists physicians and in placing advanced artificial airways into patients as required. During cardiac arrests, initiates artificial ventilation using mouth-to-mask techniques or a manual ventilation bag to restore patient's heartbeat and maintain ventilation. During transport of patients, maintains clearance of airway, monitors vital signs, and performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation when necessary. Performs routine respiratory therapy treatment to hospital ward patients such as administering oxygen and therapeutic aerosols, and incentive spirometry, chest physical therapy. Draws arterial blood samples from patients using needle and syringe for transport to the Lab for analysis and uses oximeters to determine the level of oxygen. Provides in-service training to other respiratory therapists and nursing personnel relative to the types of treatments given, various types of medications used, and the set up and operation of respiratory equipment including the necessary cleaning and safety precautions. Calibrates complex respiratory equipment such as ventilators, analyzers to assure accurate performance. Records treatment, findings and progress pertinent to patient care. Provides equipment set up and cleaning, intraoperative assistance and processing of all clinical specimens in the performance of fiber optic bronchoscopies. Assists physician in performing bronchoscopy procedures. Performs pulmonary function studies as required. These include spirometry, lung volumes, diffusion capacity and bronchial provocation testing. Assists in the delivery or respiratory care as needed in the more complex respiratory care procedures and to poor risk patients such as those in the older age group. Participates in the audit of respiratory care, recommending changes where indicated. Provides care through outpatient services, such as Face to Face, TELE/VVC such as monitoring compliance, education on equipment setup/care and supply ordering for positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, oxygen therapy and routine COPD management. Safely and effectively uses equipment required for patient care using hospital policies and procedures, including appropriate cleaning and disinfection of reusable medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines. Work Schedule: required to work on weekdays M-F and rotating weekend call and nights Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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