Anesthesiology department at VA Connecticut is seeking a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) to join our team. RRTs at this grade level work independently providing respiratory care in inpatient settings. They use data and patient assessment to establish appropriate plan of care and determine if outcomes are being met. They consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals to ensure quality of patient care within area of specialty. The functions described below may be expanded in scope and complexity in response to evolution in standards of medical care. Plans and provides patient care that is safe, compassionate, and consistent with established patient care standards. Provides training to patient and/or caregiver on use of home nebulizer, portable suction machines and other devices for respiratory home care. Performs routine trach changes, including upsizing and downsizing per physician order. Provides support when assigned for various pulmonary section programs and Consult Services. Following manufacturer's guidelines cleans and/or pre-cleans reusable medical equipment, e.g. G5 ventilator, per department SOP. Consults with the physician in the event of adverse reactions to therapy. Initiates, monitors, and manages complex respiratory care devices such as mechanical ventilators, Bronchoscopy systems, CPAP/BiPAP, INOvent Nitric Oxide delivery system. When such equipment is in use maintains, ensures proper functionality and alarm settings per manufacture's guidelines and departmental policies. Provides emergency airway management, CPR, and manual ventilation. Administers respiratory medications (e.g. bronchodilators, and nitric oxide, and collects respiratory specimens (e.g. sputum) per doctor's order and in accordance with department policy. Performs arterial puncture (radial) to obtain specimen for arterial blood gas analysis, analyzing values and sends specimen to the lab in a timely manner. Monitors patient's physiological responses, i.e. vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes to therapy and documents results/evaluation in the appropriate medical record. Performs Bronchopulmonary Hygiene Therapy including, Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) to assist bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patients in performing hyperinflation-breathing exercises using Incentive Spirometry, EzPAP, and similar devices. Administers oxygen and other gas therapy; humidity therapy; and aerosol therapy; as specified by a physician's order. Provides respiratory care consults for requesting medical staff by performing patient care assessments, including reviewing patient information and clinical data to provide recommendations for optimal therapeutic intervention. Provides input into the development and evaluation of patient care standards. Provides accurate and timely documentation of ALL procedures and therapy in the appropriate medical record, e.g. BCMA, CPRS and Vista. (This includes workload documentation as well as departmental specific documentation requirements such as QA & QC processes, new or revised policy/procedure/protocol updates). Work Schedule: Sunday - Monday, 2:30pm - 11:00pm Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist/PDF02865 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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