Including Kentucky Heart Foundation, Kentucky Heart Institute, Kingsbrook Lifecare Center, King's Daughters Health Foundation, King's Daughters Medical Center, King's Daughters Medical Specialties
Respiratory Therapist-Respiratory Therapy PRN
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Reads prescription, ensures 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. 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 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. Carries out routine therapy as ordered by the physician including oxygen administration, aerosol therapy, incentive spirometry, ultrasonic therapy, sputum induction, mixed gases. 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 including bedside spirometry, peak flow, and weaning parameters. Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy. Consults with physician in event of adverse reactions. Maintain patient’s chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information.
One year certificate from college or technical school. Current Kentucky certificate as a respiratory care practitioner required. AHA Basic Life Support Certification required. An active Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) card may be required for clinical personnel working in certain critical care areas. This requirement will be conveyed to the team member during their orientation to that particular area.
While performing the duties of this job the team member is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms: climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The team member must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
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