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Working As A Pulmonary Function Technician

  • $40,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Pulmonary Function Technician Do At NYU Medical Center

* Provides appropriate instruction/education to laboratory staff, patients, family members, nurses, physicians affiliated students, and other members of the Medical Center community
* Demonstrates proficiency in management of pulmonary function laboratory operations; provides leadership, guidance and progressive discipline to assigned staff as required
* Demonstrates proficiency in patient assessment, clinical aerosol delivery and emergency management procedures related to performance of diagnostic pulmonary function testing
* Demonstrates proficiency in the calibration and operation of laboratory equipment and performance of diagnostic pulmonary function testing
* Demonstrates knowledge of accepted standards, policies, procedures, staff responsibilities and instrumentation related to provision of diagnostic pulmonary function testing

What Does A Pulmonary Function Technician Do At Davita

* Develops, updates, and revises policies and procedures for the pulmonary testing laboratory.
* Ability to effectively teach specific breathing maneuvers to obtain correct measurements, enthusiastic coaching, showing empathy, and developing trust with patients to encourage best patient performance.
* Assists the Pulmonary Educator in maintaining and updating policies and procedures for the pulmonary disease management programs.
* Assists Pulmonary Educator in updating patient educational and communication materials.
* Assists Pulmonary Educator in obtaining, evaluating and reporting outcomes for the pulmonary disease management programs.
* Maintains QI procedures and records for all pulmonary equipment.
* Performs health education presentations for pulmonary-related programs through the Health Enhancement department as needed.
* Ensures that adequate supplies are available in diagnostic testing and program areas.
* Participates in quality improvement activities as needed

What Does A Pulmonary Function Technician Do At Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

* Plans and Evaluates Care, includes but is not limited to:
* Reviews physician’s prescription and patient information, performs assessments of patient’s breathing condition, and recommends appropriate respiratory therapy treatment to physician.
* Monitors patient’s responses to therapy and appropriately consults with nurses and physician if adverse reactions occur.
* Refers concerns regarding patient care plan to supervisor and director.
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* Provides, Progresses, and Documents Care, includes but is not limited to:
* Performs respiratory diagnostics including: Nocturnal oximetry testing, bedside pulmonary function testing, apnea monitoring, and bronchoscopy assistance.
* Sets up and operates respiratory equipment, following treatment parameters.
* Administers respiratory therapy treatments including:
* Invasive ventilation: Safely and effectively uses volume or pressure ventilators on adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients.
* Noninvasive ventilation: Assesses need for and implements proper type/ fittings for nasal prongs or nasal/full masks.
* Administers oxygen and Heli
* Ox therapies and inhaled medications.
* Performs lung inflation therapies such as incentive spirometry and IPPB.
* Performs airway management such as nasotracheal suctioning, tracheotomy tube and button measurement / placement, and chest physiotherapy.
* Responds to emergency codes and provides emergency care.
* Makes appropriate clinical decisions in emergency situations.
* Follows established procedures and observes all safety precautions.
* Meets departmental standards for quality, customer service, and productivity.
* Documents patient treatment and responses according to policy and procedure.
* Properly completes all required paperwork.
* Provides for Continuing Care, includes but is not limited to:
* Educates patient, family members and caregivers on breathing condition and instructs them on appropriate management techniques such as breathing exercises and home respiratory care.
* Communication and Collaboration, includes but is not limited to:
* Confers with interdepartmental team to plan, implement, and assess the treatment program.
* Acts as consultant to nursing and physician staff regarding technical aspects of respiratory care.
* Communicates pertinent clinical information to nursing and physician staff.
* Gives complete, accurate and pertinent patient information at shift report.
* Training and Leadership, includes but is not limited to:
* Serves as a resource to other Respiratory Care staff in theory and application of respiratory therapeutics.
* Trains and orients new employees.
* Supervises and trains assigned students and evaluates their performance.
* Assists with organizational planning, and actively participates in the development and implementation of new programs, departmental performance improvement projects, and projects that ensure the department remains compliant with all regulatory requirements.
* Equipment and Supplies, includes but is not limited to:
* Demonstrates thorough knowledge of all respiratory care equipment and its operation.
* Inspects, cleans, tests and maintains equipment to ensure proper functioning, ordering repairs as needed.
* Complies with procedures for maintenance of departmental supplies and equipment.
* Education Background
* Graduate of a two-year AA, AMA-accredited respiratory therapy school.
* Licensure, Registration, Certification
* Registered with the National Board of Respiratory Care.
* Current Washington State license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
* Current BLS certification.
* Must provide proof of current NRP certification.
* Special Training/Skills
* Demonstrates technical knowledge and skills typically gained through recent clinical and classroom experience in an approved Respiratory Care training program.
* Able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on assigned unit/department.
* Work Experience
* Minimum of one year ICU experience required.
* Physical Abilities
* Able to respond as member of "code team", within established hospital guidelines.
* Able to safely maneuver patients and equipment

What Does A Pulmonary Function Technician Do At Cleveland Clinic

* Performs ordered pulmonary function and pulmonary stress testing.
* Performs and analyzes quality control data, performs advanced invasive or noninvasive protocols, and designs and performs investigatory protocols.
* Manages the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, including scheduling and ordering supplies.
* Facilitates services for home care patients.
* Prepares, maintains and calibrates pulmonary function testing equipment.
* Maintains adequate levels of supplies used for testing.
* Troubleshoots equipment problems and reports needed repairs/replacements.
* Provides educational in-services to staff, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants.
* At sites where applicable, the employee will perform blood gas puncture and analysis.
* If the employee is designated as a Technical Consultant by the blood gas Laboratory Director, the employee must meet minimum qualifications as specified by the CLIA code of federal regulations.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Pulmonary Function Technician Do At University Medicine

* Receives and reviewsrequests for polysomnographic testing
* Prepares laboratory and obtains supplies to accommodate number ofpatients scheduled for testing.
* Sets up and calibratestesting and treatment equipment:PC-driven digital polygraph, blood oxygen saturation oximeter,capnograph, Respiratory Inductive Plethysmography (RIP), Continuous PositiveAirway Pressure (CPAP)/Bi
* Level airway management equipment, and videotapingequipment according to established procedures.
* Explains procedure topatient and family members present to gain patient cooperation and to allayanxiety; assure calm, quiet environment to allow patient to enter natural(non-medication-induced) sleep.
* Places and attacheselectrodes to patient’s scalp, face, chest and abdomen to standard placement locations;externally attaches ear clip; and depending on physician request, attaches facemask or inserts nasal probe
* May insertesophageal balloon as indicated by physician
* Visually checks electrode placement for accuracy to prevent falsereadings
* Positions videotapingequipment to film chest and abdominal breathing pattern accurately.
* Operates PC-driven, digitalpolysomnograph for the purpose of:recording patient’s stages of sleep (8
* hours); real-time analysis ofobstructive sleep apnea to ascertain the severity of obstructive sleep apneaand then inititate protocol-driven treatment with continuous positive airwaypressure or bi-level positive airway treatment using Respiratory InductivePlethysmography (RIP) and flow volume loops.
* Reviews output, makingadjustments as necessary, to produce tracings of multiple variables, includingelectroencephalogram, elctro-oculogram, sub-mental electromyogram, heart rate,nasal and oral airflow, respiratory effort, end-tidal PCO2 and oxygensaturation.
* Monitors patient’s progress,(normally involves monitoring and testing more than one patient at a time),remaining alert for extended apneic episodes, distress and signs or respiratoryarrest
* Alerts physician and/or codeteam, as necessary, and initiates cardiopulmonary resuscitation if indicated.
* Reviews, scores andinterprets final tracing by identifying sleep stages as determined by followingpre-set criteria: number of apneas and hypopneas per hour and per sleep stage;number of arousals; and presence and severity of hypoximia andarrhythmias
* Summarizes and prepareswritten report of results for additional evaluation by physician.
* Maintains inventory ofsupplies and equipment
* Performs routinecleaning and maintenance and makes minor adjustments and repairs; makesarrangements for major repair as necessary
* Participates in evaluation of and provides input into recommendationsfor purchase of new or additional supplies and equipment.
* Participates insleep-related clinical research studies, providing assistance in similartesting and interpretation activities as well as with computer-assistedanalysis of results.
* Maintains quality assurance,safety, environmental, and infection control in accordance with establishedhospital department policies, procedures, and objectives.
* Performs other relatedduties as required

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Pulmonary Function Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French


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Top Pulmonary Function Technician Skills

  1. Complete Pulmonary Function
  2. Arterial Blood Gases
  3. Lung Volumes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered lung function tests including spirometry, diffusion capacity, lung volumes and exercise oximetry.
  • Administered and analyzed pulmonary function tests in the hospital and outpatient clinic.
  • Monitored client's heart rate while exercising on EKG.
  • Perform pulmonary function testing, methacholine challenges, assist doctors with bronchoscopies.
  • Acted as a clinical preceptor for respiratory therapy students.

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