Under general supervision, sets up and operates various types of respiratory care equipment to be utilized in the treatment and diagnosis of respiratory diseases and/or illnesses.
Explains purpose and procedure of treatment, tests, and equipment to the patient, and family using AIDET.
Administers respiratory care as prescribed by physicians for neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients, as assigned, including, but not limited to, metered dose inhalers, hand held nebulizers, various oxygen therapy devices, chest physiotherapy, nasal, oral, and tracheal suctioning, mechanical ventilation set-up and maintenance, stabilizing and maintaining artifical airways, and instructing patients in effective cough and breathing techniques
Participates as a member of the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation team.
Performs arterial punctures, arterial line draws, and blood gas analysis utilizing the blood gas analyzer. Reports and documents critical values appropriately. Demonstrates competency for pre-analytical, analytical and post analytical phases of blood gas analysis, assessed at 6 months and annually thereafter.
Performs preventative maintenance and quality control studies on blood gas analyzer when assigned.
Documents all respiratory care services provided to a patient in HIS, including the type of therapy, date and time of administration, effects of therapy, and any adverse reactions.
Assists physicians in therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopies after competencies have been established.
Assesses all patients for appropriateness of therapy, documents care plans, and consults with physicians regarding the plan of care.
Educates patient and/or family members regarding respiratory home care, pre-operative therapy, and disease states utilizing the Torrance Memorial Teaching Tools.
Communicates care provided and patient’s status to oncoming shift, using SBAR.
Ensures respiratory equipment is in proper working order, intervenes appropriately when unsafe conditions are identified, and observes all safety and infection control guidelines, performing decontamination, sterilization, and assembly of equipment when necessary.
Ensures proper storage and inventory control of equipment in assigned area.
Graduate of an accredited Respiratory Care Program.
For pulmonary rehabilitation must have one year recent experience including participant care, exercise testing, and exercise prescription.
License / Certification Requirements
CA Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license
BCLS or ACLS Certification
PALS and ACLS certifications within 3 months of hire from the American Heart Association
CRT credential issued by the NBRC if licensed prior to 1/1/15
RRT credential issued by the NBRC if licensed after 1/1/15