Job Description

Job Title: Respiratory Care Assistant
Job ID: 737688
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Various shifts and days as needed
Shift: Variable
Department: Respiratory Therapy
Location: 201 State St, Erie PA 16550


Under the general direction of the therapist IV, the respiratory care assistant will perform some patient care related functions and a variety of equipment related functions. Some of these functions include ordering, inventorying, and distribution of equipment to include medical gases. In addition, this position will perform some cleaning and disinfection functions related to Respiratory Care


  • Assemble, distribute and stock respiratory care supplies throughout the hospital.
  • At times, will assist the therapist during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and other emergency procedures.
  • Exhibit and practice service excellence by actively seeking, listening, responding to the needs of patients, their family, physicians, staff and others.
  • Is responsible for all identification, cataloging and tracking of all respiratory care equipment.
  • Is responsible for assuring and maintaining the sterility of select equipment through following departmental policies regarding cleaning and processing of soiled equipment.
  • Maintain proficiency in the basic use of the hospital's computer system.
  • May assist the bio-medical technician in tracking and/or repair of respiratory care equipment.
  • May clean, disinfect and/or sterilize respiratory equipment.
  • May disassemble and prepare respiratory equipment for cleaning, disinfection and/or sterilization.
  • On a routine and recurring basis, will explain related tasks to other employees and therapist/technician students.
  • Provides oxygen to be used during transportation of patients.
  • Replace all respiratory care equipment used throughout the hospital on a daily basis.
  • Replace oxygen and other compressed gas cylinders used for respiratory care for children, teenagers, adults and geriatric patients.
  • Responsible for maintaining adequate inventory and stocking of general store supplies and medications used by the department of Respiratory Care


  • High school diploma preferably with six months of hospital experience. 
  • Strongly prefer students enrolled in respiratory therapist program.
  • Must be able to lift equipment and or supplies weighing up to 30 pounds and push/handle equipment weighing up to 100 pounds. 
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Salary Range: $11.34 to $17.23

Union Position: No

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