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Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

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Respiratory Therapy Technicians Description

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Respiratory Therapy Technicians Related Job Titles

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT), Life Support Technician, Oxygen Equipment Technician, Oxygen Therapy Technician, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Care Practitioner, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Therapy Technician, Staff Respiratory Therapist,


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Respiratory Therapy Technicians Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Interview or examine patients to collect clinical data.
  • Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.
  • Recommend or review bedside procedures, x-rays, or laboratory tests.
  • Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.
  • Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
  • Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.
  • Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients.
  • Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.
  • Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
  • Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
  • Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
  • Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
  • Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
  • Administer breathing or oxygen procedures, such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments, or incentive spirometer treatments.
  • Clean, sterilize, check, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Follow and enforce safety rules applying to equipment.

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