Any individual considering the field of Respiratory Care should consider the following technical standards: Push and pull wheelchair with patient seated in wheelchair Lean over to lock wheelchair and lift footrests. Lift patient’s feet off footrests, if necessary. Push and pull stretchers with patient resting on a stretcher, lock and unlock stretchers for patient transfer. Use draw sheet to transfer patient from stretcher bed. Push mobile equipment; maneuver around patient bed and through hallways in various locations in the hospital. Verbally instruct patient in clear, concise, easily understandable manner.
Visually assess patient’s condition. Hear patient’s questions and requests and respond quickly. Interact appropriately with patients, co-workers, visitors, and hospital staff. Read and comprehend written communications (i.e. charts, diagrams, etc.) Provide written communication to medical and technical staff. Demonstrate manual dexterity in handling of items such as medication vials and droppers, syringes and needles, and sterile items. Ability to ascend and descend stairway in case of fire or absence of elevator. Be able to deliver effect chest compressions during a resuscitation effort.
Respiratory therapists are members of a team of health care professionals working in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. As members of this team, respiratory therapists should exemplify the standards and ethics expected of all health professionals. The scope of practice for respiratory therapy includes, but is not limited to: Acquiring and evaluating clinical data Assessing the cardiopulmonary status of patients Performing and assisting in the performance of prescribed diagnostic studies such as: obtaining blood samples, blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, and polysomnography. Evaluating data to assess the appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care. Establishing therapeutic goals for patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Participating in the development and modification of respiratory care plans. Case management of patients with cardiopulmonary and related diseases. Initiating prescribed respiratory care treatments, evaluating and monitoring patient responses to such therapy and modifying the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives. Initiating and conducting prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation. Providing patient, family, and community education. Promoting cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention, and disease management. Participating in life support activities as required and promoting evidence-based medicine, research, and clinical practice guidelines.