MetroWest Medical Center is the largest community health care system between Worcester and Boston. MetroWest Medical Center is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive care, at a location close to home. The 307-bed regional healthcare system includes Framingham Union Hospital, Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick and the MetroWest Wellness Center. MetroWest Medical Center has been named to the 2019 America s 100 Best Hospitals List by Healthgrades.
GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Medical Director and the direct supervision of the Manager of the Respiratory Care Department, the Respiratory Therapist will initiate and administer all respiratory therapy modalities according to established policies, procedures and protocols at Metrowest Medical Center. Therapy will be administered to patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction/disability or for preventive purposes. Participates in clinical education. Ensures quality and safe delivery of care to patients of all ages.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Administers and manages all ventilator care, continuous positive pressure breathing, weaning techniques, and artificial airway care. Set up changes and monitors associated equipment.
B. Administers therapeutic gases (oxygen and helium/oxygen), utilizing cannulas and masks. Sets up, changes, and monitors associated equipment.
C. Administers humidity and medications such as bronchodilators, antibiotics, utilizing cool and heated nebulization.
D. Performs chest physical therapy, chest percussions and vibrations, postural drainage, incentive exercises, and ambulation exercises as indicated.
E. Responds to all "Code Blue" and other emergency situations; performs and/or participates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. May also assist with bedside surgical procedures.
2. DIAGNOSTIC TESTING:
A. Draws arterial blood from patients for analysis.
B. Performs clinical diagnostic and pulmonary function tests, such as bedside spirometry and other selected tests.
C. May assist with bedside bronchoscopies.
3. PATIENT ASSESSMENT:
A. Assesses patient respiratory status, observes patient adjustment/reaction to therapy, and evaluates the appropriateness of all therapy. Consults with attending staff concerning the most efficacious forms of therapy, and makes recommendations to enhance patient care.
4. PATIENT AND FAMILY TEACHING:
A. Provides education and instruction regarding, medication administration, energy conservation
techniques, incentive spirometry exercises, ambulation exercises, and other respiratory modalities.
5. ADMINISTRATIVE AND EDUCATION DUTIES:
A. Maintains all necessary patient and departmental records; enters clinical data regarding therapy
administered and its effect. Clinical documentation will be entered into the patient electronic medical record.
B. Assumes designated responsibilities of a charge therapist as assigned by the department manager or
clinical coordinator when required. Provides clinical and general guidance to agency, per diem, and student
personnel as needed.
C. Performs other duties as assigned by the department manager.
D. Participates in departmental quality assurance and assigned P.I. (Performance Improvement) projects
E. Participates in formal and informal education programs for respiratory therapy staff members, nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals. Provides direct supervision for students.
F. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of development, issues, and techniques in respiratory care through attendance at meetings and educational conferences.