The Registered Respiratory Therapist is responsible for providing basic and advanced Respiratory services to adult and geriatric patients at VA Central Iowa HCS, however the therapist must be knowledgeable regarding the basic treatment of all age groups. The Therapist plans, implements and evaluates the effectiveness of respiratory care procedures. Duties include but not limited to: Deliver medication associated with respiratory care. Initiate and monitor oxygen therapy Collect, review and evaluate relevant clinical data from the medical records, care team, patient and patient's family to ensure appropriate care when indicated. Complete patient assessments through direct contact, chart review and other means as appropriate and share this information with health team members. Capable of performing both basic and complex therapeutic procedures for adults and geriatric patients. Example: monitoring patients receiving mechanical ventilation, assisting with bronchoscopy, using techniques that include interpretation of clinical data, describing and interpreting arterial blood gas values and acid base balance. Apply clinical expertise in such a manner as to upgrade patient care where indicated and assist the provider in formulating an appropriate respiratory care plan based upon patient assessment, history, lung auscultation, chest x-ray, pulse oximetry, etc. Provide effective and relevant education to the patient, family, students, and facility staff when appropriate. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology including an in-depth understanding of the functioning of the circulatory and pulmonary systems and other major systems is required. In addition, knowledge of a variety of related acute and chronic disorders and diseases, their effect on the lungs and heart and the method of treatment is required. Knowledge of the pharmacology of common respiratory drugs, common dosages, typical and atypical patient responses and side effects is required. Skill in evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic modalities Work Schedule: As needed Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:59 am Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Registered Respiratory Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Preferred Experience: Registered Respiratory Tech *This is an intermittent position*
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