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Respiratory Therapist, RRT - Pulmonary Diagnostics

Company: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center
Location: Harrisburg
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description:

UPMC is seeking Respiratory Therapists with varied levels of experience to support the Pulmonary Diagnostics clinics at UPMC Harrisburg, West Shore, and Community Osteopathic locations. Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the Respiratory Therapist Career Ladder, based on their individual experience and education. This position is eligible for a sign-on bonus ranging from $12,000-$15,000 in exchange for a 2-year employment commitment. The amount offered is dependent on experience.\n The selected candidate will work (4) 10-hour day shifts each week, with the possibility for overtime. The selected candidate will also be expected to float to inpatient units when patient volume within the clinic is low.\n Purpose:Under the general direction of a physician and by prescription, provides respiratory therapy services and life support to patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Defined responsibilities are performed in all patient populations and in all patient service areas.Responsibilities:\n\nReads 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. Determines most suitable method of administering inhalants, precautions to be observed, and modifications which may be needed that will be compatible with physician's orders\nAssists to transport mechanically ventilated patients. Responds to all code situations.\nMaintains patient's chart that contains pertinent identification and therapy information. Orders repairs when needed. Demonstrates respiratory care procedures to trainees and other health care personnel. Supervises students during training.\nSets up and operates devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators. Operates 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. Observes equipment function and adjusts equipment to obtain optimum results to therapy. Inspects and tests respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment functions safely and efficiently.\nEvaluates the appropriateness of medical orders. Interprets clinical data to optimize patient clinical objectives.\nMonitors patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes. Performs bronchopulmonary drainage and assists patient in performing breathing exercises. Performs pulmonary function tests to be used by physician in diagnosis of case. Consults with physician in the event of adverse reactions.\n\nGraduate of a Co ARC (Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care) approved Respiratory program required\nRespiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania required\nBasic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation required\nRegistered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) required\nRespiratory therapists who receive their RRT credential from the NBRC after July 1, 2002 are required to maintain certification under the NBRC requirementsLicensure, Certifications, and Clearances:CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire\nBasic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)\nOsteopathic Respiratory Care OR Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP)\nRegistered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)\nAct 34 with renewal\n\n UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Keywords: UPMC - Pittsburgh Medical Center, Harrisburg , Respiratory Therapist, RRT - Pulmonary Diagnostics, Healthcare , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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