Pulmonary Function Therapist
The Pulmonary Function Therapist assists in the ongoing responsibilities of diagnostic and blood gas laboratory point of care testing. This individual is responsible for assisting with diagnostic procedures and performing all aspects of pulmonary function testing and screening.
Performs pulmonary function testing and screening including, plethysmography, and bronchial provocation. Provides metabolic testing and pulmonary exercise stress testing, has the knowledge and technique required to perform all phases of pulmonary function testing. Assists physicians with interpretation of test results as demonstrated by observation and documentation. Documents all pulmonary diagnostic procedures and patient responses in the medical record legibly and clearly and assists with scheduling of inpatient, and outpatient pulmonary diagnostic procedures. Trains new staff on bedside Spirometry system and testing. Coordinates scheduling and performs complex pulmonary diagnostic testing and special procedure assistance for the physician including fiber optic bronchoscopy, tracheal stent placement, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial ultrasound, and fiber optic pleuroscopy. Assists with percutaneous tracheostomy placement. Assist the Pulmonary Diagnostic Specialist in analyzing Point of Care needs, new products, equipment, techniques, and services. Assists the Blood Gas Laboratory Safety Officer in assuring that the Cardiopulmonary Blood Gas Lab is at or above CAP safety standards. Participates in assigned functional and cross-functional relationships through effective communication, participation in meetings, collaborative education, and ongoing daily interactions. Serves as a resource to physicians and staff. Directs resolution of technical issues related to results and/or instruments and provides training to staff as needed. Assists the Pulmonary Diagnostic Specialist in maintaining ancillary testing standards, regulations, and quality. Addresses standards and regulations with CLIA, CAP, and CMS to ensure compliance. Assists in the collection of data for the department QA/QC activities within the Point of Care responsibilities. Assists in training personnel in departmental procedures, policy and safety. Participates in preventive maintenance of the blood gas instruments and maintains the records according to standard. Insures availability of adequate reagents/supplies. Provides input on use/allocation of resources to assure quality outcomes. Performs Respiratory Care clinical duties as required.
Required: Associate's Degree; RRT, ACLS, BLS, 2+ years related experience
ACLS; BLS; PALS; RRT
Work Schedule: 8-hours, Days, Varied
Physical Requirements and working conditions for this position will be provided to you upon interview.