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The department of Neurology is actively seeking a temporary, part-time Respiratory Therapist to work in the ALS and MDA Multidisciplinary Clinics among other members of the multidisciplinary teams.
The temporary, part time Respiratory Therapist assists in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with pulmonary disorders. An employee in this position collects and analyzes sputum, blood, and breath specimens to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases. The Respiratory Therapist also measures the lung capacity of patients to determine if there are any impairments. Work Schedule: Every Friday (All Day).
CORE JOB FUNCTIONS
Conducts tests, such as electrocardiograms, stress testing, and lung capacity tests to evaluate patients' cardiopulmonary functions. Performs bronchopulmonary drainage and instructs patients on how to perform breathing exercises. Sets up and operates devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators. Reads prescriptions, measures arterial blood gases, and reviews patient information to assess patient's condition. Determines requirements for treatment such as type, method, and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken, and medications and dosages. Explains treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears. Educates patients and their families about their conditions and teaches appropriate disease management techniques. Monitors patients' physiological responses to therapy. Maintains charts that contain patients' pertinent identification and therapy information. Inspects, cleans, tests, and maintains respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently. Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.