The Inpatient Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is responsible for providing basic and advanced Respiratory services to adult and geriatric patients at the Montana VA Medical Center, however the therapist must be knowledgeable regarding the basic treatment of all age groups. a. RRT will have a great deal of independence in the performance of their duties. b. RRT will collect, review, and evaluate relevant clinical data from the medical records, care team, patient, and dealing with patients family. c. RRT will be capable of performing both basic and complex therapeutic procedures for adults and geriatric patients. Example: monitoring patients receiving mechanical ventilation, assisting with bronchoscopy, using techniques that include interpretation of clinical data, describing and interpreting arterial blood gas values and acid base balance. d. RRT will apply clinical expertise in such a manner as to upgrade patient care where indicated and assist the provider in formulating an appropriate respiratory care plan based upon patient assessment, history, lung auscultation, chest x-ray, pulse oximetry, etc. e. RRT will communicate changes in the respiratory care plan and/or patient status to other health care team members as appropriate. Additionally, the RRT will make recommendations to providers regarding changes in treatment based upon patient observation and diagnostic test values. f. RRT will provide effective and relevant education to the patient, family, students, and facility staff when appropriate. g. RRT will perform both fundamental and advanced diagnostic procedures. h. RRT will perform both emergency and acute Respiratory Care procedures in accordance with departmental guidelines and industry standards. i. RRT will actively participate in departmental quality assurance and hospital organizational performance improvement. The Therapist will comply with all medical center policies and procedures regarding safety practices. The Therapist will demonstrate working knowledge of the appropriate safety protocols. j. RRT will maintain clinical and professional competency based upon established standards of practice. k. RRT assembles, checks, and corrects malfunctions and performs quality controls on respiratory care equipment. l. RRT will participate in in-service education pertaining to respiratory therapy, maintaining a close relationship with other disciplines and students who may rotate through the health care facility. Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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