Founded as Providence Hospitals in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Providence's two free standing full-service hospitals and numerous satellite practices maintain a true devotion to advanced clinical expertise and unmatched compassion. On February 2, 2016, Providence became part of the LifePoint Health network, and shortly thereafter, changed its name to Providence Health to better represent the full complement of its services. Driven by quality, compassion, and Christ, Providence treats the whole person- body, mind, and spirit.
Providence Health – Downtown is looking for an experienced Respiratory Therapist III to join our team. The ideal candidate will be registered with at least one year experience in Bronchoscopy and Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs).
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- Prepare supplies and equipment prior to patient arrival to ensure that procedures begin at designated time. Schedule procedures, confirm physician orders, consent and gather all appropriate patient information prior to procedure. Utilize transport service where appropriate to facilitate patient transportation to the procedural area.
- Prepare patients for procedures, providing education and information regarding the procedure. Answer any questions the patient may have and provide caring support throughout the procedure.
- Support patient during bronchoscopy procedure by anticipating physician requests, assist with specimen acquisition and documentation of vital signs; completes documentation throughout procedure in cooperation with bronchoscopy nurse.
- Maintain accurate inventory of laboratory medications on hand, medical/surgical, linen and stock supplies using just in time ordering method for inventory control.
- Maintain a clean, orderly and safe procedure room environment by cleaning equipment, leak-testing scopes and ensuring delivery/pickup of equipment after sterile processing.
- Prepare bronchoscopy lab according to current policy utilizing appropriate infection control guidelines. Identify equipment malfunctions. Implement action plans for supply and equipment use and repair needs. Coordinate with Biomedical Engineering equipment performance maintenance.
- Participate in the creation, revision and update of policies that pertain to bronchoscopy and PFT.
- Calibrate and troubleshoot equipment by cleaning and adjusting bronchoscopes, light sources, oximeters, and video equipment before, during and after procedures according to manufacturer guidelines and established policy on maintenance schedule.
- Perform calibration of the Body Plethysmography box. Assure that tanks of medical gases are sufficient for testing. All equipment is functional according to manufacturer's recommendations. Troubleshoot equipment operation.
- Complete post-bronchoscopy specimen and data collection activities by processing and delivering specimens, completing paperwork, entering charges into Meditech, requisitions for virology, cytology, bacteriology and microbiology, distributing flow sheets and recording procedures in the bronchoscopy; maintain reliable records for information retrieval and fiscal control.
- Must be able to draw, analyze and discuss ABGs in a professional manner and must be able to thoroughly maintain ABG machines. Documentation of blood gas reporting-periodic review of the pending log indicates compliance with our reporting time frame (30 minutes) and to whom the result is reported; Benchmark: Pass/Fail.
- Adheres to all hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
- Maintain quality improvement initiatives by following policy and procedure for scope cleaning and use of approved scope cleaning machines with documentation records.
- Perform moderate sedation procedures during bronchoscopy procedure in the absence of a registered nurse. (Appropriate competency verification will be maintained on file).
- Explain PFT procedure to the patient and coach patients to obtain reproducible data that is acceptable for physician interpretation. Charge and document procedures appropriately in the Meditech intervention. Perform bedside flow volume loops during office hours.
- Patient scanning-all patient ID bracelets will be scanned before medication administration when applicable.