JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs and calculates the results of routine laboratory procedures in the Cardiopulmonary Laboratory. Assists in troubleshooting equipment and maintaining established quality control standards. Pulmonary Function Testing, administer Bronchodilator. ABG collection and analysis. Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Challenge Studies and nebulizer treatment. Sputum induction and collection. Performs other related duties as required. Prepares laboratory for special procedures; assembles supplies and materials and sets up the required equipment in accordance with protocol. Assists in trouble-shooting equipment and in identifying problems when equipment malfunctions occur. Responds to patients and visitors in a positive, helpful, and professional manner to ensure that their needs are met. Provides all aspects of respiratory care services for adult and geriatric patients on a routine basis, and provides emergency airway care for pediatric and neonatal patients as needed in all areas of the hospital except for the Operating Room. Explains the purpose and process of diagnostic procedures to patients and provides clear instructions regarding the patients' responsibilities for a successful outcome. Performs special clinical procedures commonly used in the department according to established protocol, including bronchoscopies and indirect calorimetry. Calculates, analyzes and reports results of all routine laboratory procedures including lung volume determinations, diffusion studies, gas distribution studies, blood gas analysis, body plethysmography, and lung compliance. Observes patients during diagnostic procedures for any significant change in condition and reports findings to the appropriate staff for immediate attention. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Maintains records regarding maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment in compliance with JCAH and organizational standards. Maintains complete and accurate documentation related to respiratory care activities. Assists with departmental quality assurance activities. Participates in training and orientation of new employees; shares knowledge and expertise in areas of technical specialty; ensures that new employees receive instruction on standards of care. Maintains open and respectful communications with other hospital staff, vendors, and other associates to ensure that the work environment is conducive to best performance.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or equivalent. Respiratory Care or Cardio Pulmonary training. Prefer AS or BS in Respiratory Therapy. Cardio Pulmonary Function or Pulmonary Function training. Georgia Respiratory Care Professional License (RCP) preferred. Must have at least one of the following: Registered Pulmonary Function Technology; Registered Cardio Pulmonary Function Technology; Registered Respiratory Therapist (must take CPFT Exam in 1 year). BLS, ACLS, and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.