A Respiratory Therapist is responsible for performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as required by the hospital and within the scope of licensure in Maine.
Oxygen Therapy – all aspects of O2 delivery devices – cannulas, masks, hoods, tents, aerosols, according to established departmental policy/procedure. This includes order review, patient education, O2 rounds and documentation.
Oximetry – ability to monitor patients by oximetery according to established guidelines/protocols. A thorough understanding of applications, limitations and patient assessment is necessary.
Arterial Blood Gasses – ability to obtain, label and transport specimen to lab in a timely manner according to departmental policy. Demonstrates a basic level of interpretation.
Chest Physical Therapy – ability to tailor CPT to various pathologies and all patient populations.
Bronchodilator Therapy/CPT – demonstrates the ability to deliver various bronchodialators/antibiotics/opiates via nebulizer according to departmental policy and within guidelines of scope of practice. Included is order review, documentation and ability to evaluate efficacy of therapy. Ability to tailor CPT to pathology and condition of patient.
Suctioning – ability to suction patient via natural or artificial airway. A thorough knowledge of risks, universal precautions, asepsis and indications is expected.
Sputum Induction – demonstrates the ability to gather a deep bronchial specimen, document procedure and deliver a properly contained and labeled specimen to the lab according to hospital policy.
Code 99 Response – ability to function under extreme pressure in an arrest situation. Expected is the ability to initiate basic CPR, maintain an airway, ventilate (bag/mask – mouth/mask) and do external compressions. Assisting the intubation, securing endotracheal tube and suctioning is part of task.
Mechanical Ventilation – the ability to deliver ventilator care according to departmental policies/procedures. This includes check for proper function (total EST), order review, initiation of settings, basic patient assessment and documentation of activities.
CPAP/BIPAP – demonstrated ability to set-up equipment, fit mask pillows and nasal masks, check orders and document settings, according to established guidelines and procedures.
Spirometery – demonstrated ability to perform simple bedside or laboratory spirometery including use of bronchodialators according to established procedures.
EKG – Ability to obtain, process, file and retrieve EKG reports according to departmental policy.
Treadmills – ability to assist physician in exercise treadmill tests. Included is patient preparation, obtaining blood pressures, electrode placement and the processing, billing, distribution and filing of report.
Graduate from an approved one, two, or four-year college
CRTT or RRT with appropriate State License.
ACLS – within 2 years of hire
PALS – within 2 years of hire
Due to institutional size and often-limited training opportunities, a candidate with 2-3 years critical care experience is preferred.