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CategoryHealth Care General
CountryUnited States
What You Will Do:

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Respiratory Therapist are health care professionals who administer respiratory care by presciption of the physician. Their responsibilities include the diagnostic evaluation (not limited to: Obtaining and analyzing physiological specimens, interpreting physiologic data, performing tests and studies of the cardiopulmonary system and performing neuropsychological studies), management, education and rehabilitation and care of the patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardio pulmonary system.
The practice includes the application of technology and the use of treatment protocols across all care sites including but is not limited to application and monitoring of: Medical gases (excluding anesthetic gases) and environmental control systems, Mechanical ventilatory support, Artificial airway care, Bronchopulmonary hygiene, Pharmacological agents related to respiratory care procedures, Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, Hemodynamic cardiovascular support
The following job description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude other work assignments not mentioned
Principal Duties:
1. Assesses patient's status pre-, during and post-procedure.
2. Recognizes signs of serious distress and monitors patient accordingly: assures relief from distress within anticipated time frames by staying with patient until expected responses occur.
3. Notifies appropriate medical staff of significant changes in patient conditions, recommends medications, follows-up on physician orders as required.
4. Follows all departmental guidelines on safety and infection control while providing client care, setting up, adjusting and disconnecting all equipment.
5. Knowledgeable of all form of oxygen therapy delivery including necessary equipment. Alert to assess any signs of possible side effects for the delivery device of choice: i.e.: Nasal cannula, Aerosol Therapy, Venturi masks, Non-rebreathers, CAM tents
6. Administers pharmacological agents understanding proper method and potential side effects associated with
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each drug.
7. Provides care to adult/geriatric and pediatric/adolescent (Gladys Spellman does not accept pediatric/adolescent patients) clients as indicated by Patient Driven Protocols: i.e.:Bronchodilator Therapy, MDI Therapy, Secretion Management
8. Sets up, maintains, monitors and manages all ventilators approved for use in the Hospital using the following protocols: i.e.:Mechanical Ventilation Protocol, Weaning Protocol, Extubation Protocol
9. Must be proficient with all modes of ventialation: SIMV, PRVC, CMV, PCV, PSV, APRV, BiPAP. (exception HFOV (High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation utilized at Prince George's).
10. Maintains endotracheal and tracheostomy tube placement and security.
11. Monitors artificial airway cuff pressures.
12. Maintains artificial airway patency via airway care and suctioning.
13. Determines patient's status for weaning through use of bedside pulmonary mechanics.
14. Performs endotracheal extubation and tracheal decanulation.
15. Monitors patient's acid-base status through blood gas sampling and analysis. Is proficient performing arterial line draws and/or arterial punctures (radial or brachial) and performs analyzer quality assurance as indicated and enters blood gas results into the computer
16. Responds to all STAT pages, Code 99 and STAT Team and Rapid Response calls as assigned.
17. Properly utilizes patient care plans and critical pathways.
18. Charts all procedures, patient/family education and patient progress as per department policy in a timely, concise and organized manner.
19. Demonstrates the ability to communicate on a professional level with physicians, nurses and other health care practitioners.
20. Demonstrates knowledge of role in emergencies (Code Red, Code Yellow and other codes as appropriate).

What You Need to Be Successful:

•Current Maryland license in good standing as a Respiratory Therapist.
•Registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) within six months of employment.
•Required: Certification in Pre-Transport/Post-resuscitation Stabilization Care of Sick Infants Guidelines for Neonatal Healthcare Providers (STABLE) is required of staff who care for neonates.
Prefer: Registration by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Other: Certified /Registered pulmonary function technician preferred
Life Support Certification: (Check all that apply)
Basic Life Support - Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
Education/Knowledge (see attached explanation sheet)
Attained Level: Professional
Preferred: Bachelor's Degree preferred
Completed Course Work/Program: Graduate of an AMA school of respiratory therapy with an Associate of Arts or Bachelor's Degree.
Applicable Experience
Experience (years): Required: Less than one year Preferred: 1 - 3 years
Experience (describe required & preferred): One year's respiratory therapist experience in a hospital preferred.
Technical/Clinical Skills
Microsoft Office Suite Skill Level (see attached explanation sheet)
Word: Not applicable Excel: Not applicable
PowerPoint: Not applicable Access: Not applicable
Working knowledge of ICD-9 (Medical Coding)
Basic knowledge and working experience with Medical Terminology
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Standard Office Equipment (list):
Medical Equipment (list):
Communication Skills & Abilities (see attached explanation sheet)
Select highest applicable level: Effective Oral/Written Skills and Provide Empathy
Bilingual: Required Preferred Language: Spanish
Other Language:
Problem Solving/Analytical Skills & Abilities (see attached explanation sheet)
Level of Supervision Required
Work Product is Reviewed Daily
Contacts Inside & Outside Facility/Corporation (see attached explanation sheet)
Outside the Department but Within the Company
Transportation (Work-related) (see attached explanation sheet)
Not Applicable
Business Travel Outside of Region
Not Applicable
Working Conditions (Check all that apply):
Lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 10 pounds
Lifting and/or carrying objects weighing 11 to 20 pounds
Lifting and/or carrying objects weighing 21 to 50 pounds
Lifting and/or carrying objects weighing more than 50 pounds
Pushing and/or pulling non-motorized equipment (e.g., stretchers, supply carts, mops) weighing up to 20
Pushing and/or pulling non-motorized equipment (e.g., stretchers, supply carts, mops) weighing 20 to
50 pounds.
Pushing and/or pulling non-motorized equipment (e.g., stretchers, supply carts, mops) weighing over
50 pounds

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
EmployerUniversity of Maryland Medical Center

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