Free FormThe Respiratory Technician position within the Adult Respiratory Care Department assesses the care needs regarding basic therapies of patients for whom respiratory care services are ordered. They initiate and perform basic respiratory care techniques and blood gas analysis. As part of the healthcare inpatient team, Respiratory Technicians work closely with respiratory therapists, nurses and other hospital staff in delivery patient services and assuring safety. *Shift is 7:00 pm to 7:30 am.
- If assigned patient care duties, Respiratory Therapy Technicians must complete training and demonstrate proficiency in all competencies, age-specific or otherwise, that are required of practitioners who are delivering patient services.
- Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS).
- If assigned patient care duties, Respiratory Therapy Technicians perform basic respiratory care techniques such as:
- Sputum inductions
- Medication Administration
- Aerosol and oxygen therapy
- Analysis of blood gases and electrolytes from arterial/venous samples
- Calibration, maintenance and troubleshooting of blood gas analyzers
- EKG diagnostic testing
- Equipment rounds and compressed gas cylinder management
- Basic ventilatory parameters
- Patient education
- Assists in performing intra-tracheal aspiration
- Stocks and maintains designated areas with appropriate respiratory care equipment
- Re-processing of moveable equipment/devices.
- High Level Disinfection (HLD) of bronchoscopes, airway devices and other medical devices
- Set-up and testing of equipment such as ventilators, BiPAP, nitric oxide delivery machines and other medical devices
- Is responsible for learning new technical devices and clinical procedures when applicable.
- Communicates pertinent observations of patient status to oncoming shift and/or shift supervisor when assigned patient care duties.
- Attends shift and general staff meetings.
- Follows procedures for accurate and complete entries on medical-legal documents and the patient’s electronic medical record.
- Adheres to CLIA/CAP, department and Michigan Medicine policies and procedures.
- Provides equipment support, checks and preventive maintenance.
- Performs other job related duties as assigned.
- Seven days per week work schedules including weekends, holiday rotations and on-call assignment.
- Health Dangers
- Continuous possibility of exposure to infectious diseases, high-pressure medical gases, and potential chemical/biologic/electrical hazards.
- Possibility of illness as a result of occupation.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.