The Registered Respiratory Therapist is a specialized healthcare practitioner who has completed education and training to provide treatment, assessment, monitoring, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. They hold both a Certification and Registry from the National Board of Respiratory Care. This position is located in the Pulmonary Section of the Medical Service in the VA Medical Center. The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center (VAMC) is an Acute Care facility classified as a Level 1 general medical, psychiatric and CT Surgery, surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive healthcare is provided through primary care and long-term care in the areas of dentistry, extended care, medicine, neurology, oncology, pharmacy, physical medicine, psychiatry, rehabilitation and surgery. The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center is part of Healthcare Network (VISN 10), The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center also supports Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) throughout the State of Michigan and Ohio which provides a wide range of primary care and community-based outpatient mental health services. The Respiratory Therapist will utilize his/her respiratory skills and knowledge to provide direct patient care to both inpatients and outpatients undergoing pulmonary diagnostic and treatment procedures. Pulmonary Function Lab experience consist of the following experience: Performing diagnostic Pulmonary Function Studies, which include but not limited to Spirometry testing (with and without bronchodilator administration), DLCO (Lung Diffusion studies), and lung volume measurements, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, indirect calorimetry, and bronchoprovocation challenge testing. The performance of diagnostic pulmonary function testing includes patient instruction, testing, equipment/computer setup and interface, troubleshooting, and preliminary interpretation. He/She will work collaboratively with the patient car3e team and will communicate, set priorities, and organize work for appropriate completion ensuring compliance with established processes, policies, and regulations within the section. Knowledge to select, assemble, and check all respiratory equipment for proper function and operation and ability to correct any equipment problems as needed assuring work orders are entered and information is forwarded to the appropriate parties. Ability to troubleshoot all equipment and make adjustments as needed to meet patient needs. Dirty equipment is removed immediately following termination of any procedure/therapy and is transported and cleaned according to RME guidelines. Assist with routine maintenance required for functioning of equipment. Equipment, including oxygen tanks, are delivered to wards or clinic as needed. Skill to collect and review relevant clinical information (blood gas data, chest x-rays, electrocardiograms) along with patient assessments and make recommendations regarding changes in all respiratory related therapy based on patient observation and data. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Compressed Day Shift, 10 Hour Shifts Will be required to work every other weekend. Will be required to rotate Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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