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Respiratory Therapist, Casual (Tier I)

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Do you have a passion for providing top-notch patient care and enhancing the patient's experience? Are you passionate about delivering the best care possible and want to make a difference in the lives of your patients? Explore this opportunity today!


UPMC Shadyside is hiring a Respiratory Therapist to work on a casual basis to support their Respiratory Care Services department. 



Purpose:

Administers respiratory therapy care and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of cardiopulmonary system, under supervision of physician and by prescription.

Responsibilities:
  • Order repairs when needed.
  • Demonstrate respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel.
  • Operate 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.
  • Read prescription, measures 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 dosages.
  • Inspect and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently.
  • Observe equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy.
  • Set up and operates devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes.
  • Assists to transport mechanically ventilated patients.
  • Determine most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with physician's orders.
  • Supervises students during training.
  • Maintain patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information.
  • Responds to all code situations.
  • Perform bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patient in performing breathing exercises.
  • Perform pulmonary function tests to be used by physician in diagnosis of case.
  • Consults with physician in event of adverse reactions.

Qualifications

  • Graduate of an AMA approved school for Respiratory Care (AS or BS degree preferred) and is currently Certified/Registry Eligible by the National Board for Respiratory Care. 
  • Must hold a current certification in one and two person adult and infant CPR from the AHA or a comparable agency.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT) OR Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Osteopathic Respiratory Care OR Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP)
  • Act 34

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