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Respiratory Therapist

Company: ECHN
Location: East Hartford
Posted on: July 6, 2024

Job Description:


Performs safe respiratory therapy modalities as ordered by physician, developing a plan of care based on assessment data and standards of care, identifying needs for alternative action in the plan of treatment and involves the multi-disciplinary team in revisions to plan of care. - Sets up, maintains and monitors mechanical ventilation according to policy and procedure. - Administers medications demonstrating thorough knowledge of policy and procedure. Assembles, selects, and operates equipment for proper operation and cleanliness. - This includes but is not limited to mechanical ventilators, BIPAP/CPAP systems, oxygen delivery devices and oxygen analyzers, manual resuscitators and suctioning equipment. - Performs tracheal, endotracheal and nasopharyngeal suctioning including the instillation of pharmacologic agents according to policy and procedure. - Draws and analyzes blood gases by arterial stick according to policy and procedure. - Interprets arterial blood gas and oximetry results. - Differentiates between patient and equipment problems and intervenes appropriately. - Documents and communicates all patient therapies including concerns during shift.

  • Graduate of an approved Respiratory Care program. Must provide copy of diploma or transcript upon hire.
  • The candidate must hold the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) from the National Board of Respiratory Care and a current license from the State of Connecticut to practice as a Respiratory Care Practioner.
  • A candidate with a CRT credential must be registry eligible and obtain the RRT credential from the NBRC within 18 months of employment. -
  • The candidate will hold a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider (NRP) or Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advance Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certifications are desirable but not required.
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) certification desirable.


    • A minimum of one year of skilled respiratory experience within the last two years.
    • Must be able to work well with others in a multi-task, fast paced patient care environment. -


      • Must possess a strong focus on customer service and the ability exhibit patience and empathy while providing care to a culturally diverse group of patients.
      • Must be able to speak, read, and write using the English language.
      • Effective verbal communication is essential with patients, co-workers, and physicians.
      • Effective written communication is required for accurate medical charting of respiratory services provided and concurrently clear and precise medical billing.
      • Must have access to reliable transportation to travel between multiple work sites; and travel is required in order to perform essential duties.

        Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. - They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. - These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time.

        - - - - - - - - - Job-Specific Competency

        • Understands the theory and operation of the blood gas analyzer as evidenced by the ability to assess the accuracy/precision of the instrument utilizing daily maintenance record, routine troubleshooting and QC material.
        • Exemplary: - Performs basic troubleshooting, change a cartridge and run CVP.

          • Performs and monitors daily QC. - Recognizing problems and taking appropriate corrective action as evidenced by documentation in the QC daily log sheet. - Complete documentation of pre-analytic indicators in the blood gas result form.
          • Exemplary: - > 90% compliant in documentation of pre-analytic indicators.

            • Demonstrates safe and proper sampling, collection and transport of arterial, capillary and A-line blood gases as evidenced by successful completion of competencies including understanding age specific requirements for sampling and testing and direct observation.
            • Exemplary: - Consistently labels syringes and transports specimen in biohazard bag with compliance > 90%.

              • Ability to perform pulmonary function testing (PFT) as evidenced by test data review, direct observation and feedback from medical director. - Completes PFT in
              • Exemplary: - Performs routine maintenance on PFT machine.

                • Ability to perform Broncho Provocation and Pulmonary Exercise testing as evidenced by test data review, direct observation and feedback from medical director. -
                • Exemplary: - Quality tests > 90%

                  • Demonstrates knowledge of operation and set up of bronchoscopy and monitoring equipment. - Shows proper skill level setting up cart including labeling of medications/solutions when appropriate and performing Time Out during out-patient and in-patient procedures as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                  • Exemplary: - Consistently labels medications/solutions removed from original packaging with compliance > 90%.

                    • Performs all respiratory care services according to physician's order demonstrating a good knowledge of departmental policy and procedure and the ability to make appropriate decisions based on these policies and procedures as evidenced by direct observation.
                    • Exemplary: - Less than 3 notifications to supervisor/site-manager for policy and procedure decisions.

                      • Demonstrates knowledge of principles, theory and operation of respiratory equipment and monitoring systems in the critical care environment (vents, BIPAP) to all age groups as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                      • Exemplary: - Trouble shoots equipment, labels and removes equipment from service and notifies Biomed.

                        • Performs patient assessment prior to initiation of all respiratory therapy and as part of the reorder evaluation according to departmental policy and procedure.
                        • Exemplary: - Consistently identifies and moves Problem/Goal and documents Education needs for respiratory interventions in Meditech. - Compliance > 90%.

                          • Demonstrates proper operation, set-up and monitoring or equipment used for the delivery of therapeutic gases (Heli-Ox, Bubble CPAP, Hi-Flow O2, heated humidifiers, nebulized and humidified O2) as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                          • Exemplary: Minimum Qshift documentation in Meditech Process Interventions (PI) Compliance > 90%.

                            • Performs aerosol therapy (small volume nebs, large volume nebs, RespirGuard nebs, Vix1 nebs) in accordance to departmental policy and procedure as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                            • Exemplary: - Consistently performs therapy as ordered and documents administration andnon administration in Meditech e-MAR and Process Interventions (PI). - Compliance > 90%.

                              • Performs Chest Physio Therapy (postural drainage, percussions and vibrations) in accordance to departmental policy and procedure as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                              • Exemplary: - Consistently documents therapy given and therapy not given as ordered in Meditech Process Interventions (PI). - Compliance > 90%.

                                • Performs proper technique in suctioning (open and closed systems) in age specific populations in accordance with department policy and procedure as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation.
                                • Exemplary: -Minimal Qshift documentation of suctioning in routine vent check. - Compliance > 90%.

                                  • Delivers medications safely in accordance with 2-identifier policy and procedure as evidenced by competencies and/or direct observation. - Responds to adverse effects of medications by proper notification to physician an on-line IRIS report.
                                  • Exemplary: - Consistently performs 2-identifier policy and procedure. - Compliance > 90%.

                                    • Performs 12-lead EKGs to all age groups when necessary (RGH only). -

Keywords: ECHN, East Hartford , Respiratory Therapist, Healthcare , East Hartford, Connecticut

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