Job Summary Hyperbaric Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for technical and clinical support to the hyperbaric team. This position sets up, operates and administers all types of respiratory care and hyperbaric oxygen equipment and procedures to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of hyperbaric medicine conditions. Evaluates therapeutic objectives and outcomes and transcribes verbal orders from physicians in the medical record. Performs transcutaneous oxygen measurements, arterial puncture, blood gas analysis, co-oximetry, blood glucose tests and electrocardiograms.
Sets up, operates and monitors hyperbaric oxygen chambers, transcutaneous oxygen measurement devices and mechanical ventilators as ordered, and according to department policies and procedures. Makes appropriate changes as ordered. Supervises the safety of patients and staff during patient treatment. Maintains detailed documentation on chamber use. Maintains knowledge of preventative and reoccurring maintenance schedules, hyperbaric oxygen safety and fire protection regulatory guidelines and policies governing the equipment's operation.
Observes and monitors physical signs and symptoms, general behavior, general physical response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy and respiratory care procedures. Terminates patient treatment upon notice of patient discomfort, troubled medical status, or inability to accept treatment. Collaborates with physician regarding therapeutic treatment plans to determine whether initiation, modification, or discontinuation of the treatment regimen is warranted. The therapist describes and instructs procedures to patients and/or families in a clear and professional manner. The therapist reviews, prioritizes and readjusts their daily assignment to perform therapy in an efficient and organized manner and to provide the highest degree of patient care possible.
Coordinates activities related to Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. Plans, initiates, documents and manages an established comprehensive treatment care plan, including admissions, scheduling, documentation and discharge planning in collaboration with the patient, their family, and other members of the health care team. Consults with other departments and care centers, as appropriate, to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient's needs.
Maintains department, organization and other regulatory agency educational requirements. Participates in continuing education, unit staff meetings, quality improvement, equipment maintenance program activities and supports membership in professional organizations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 2019-16588
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