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Working As A Respiratory Therapy Assistant

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Ascension Health

* Cleans, assembles and inspects all equipment to be processed.
* Provides for proper sterilization of processed items.
* Monitors, receives, and stocks all respiratory care supplies and medical gas cylinders.
* Maintains storage areas with required supply levels and equipment.
* Checks and maintains hospital emergency equipment and supplies.
* Checks equipment for proper functioning and calls appropriate resource for repair.
* Performs cleaning, processing, assembly, and proper verification of all equipment as documented on the Equipment Check off List and based on established departmental procedural guidelines.
* Delivers equipment to practitioners or units as needed.
* Maintains supply PAR levels in the department and on units.
* Maintains rental equipment log.
* Assists with ordering of supplies.
* Performs blood gas, co-oximetry and electrolyte analysis with 100% accuracy within five minutes of specimen receipt and reports results via defined laboratory policy.
* Performs daily and routine maintenance and controls on blood gas analyzers as required and documents according to policy and procedure.
* Informs pulmonary lab personnel of blood gas analyzers issues.
* Maintains an adequate supply of oxygen and heliox cylinders in the department and throughout the units replacing cylinders when gauge indicates less than 1000 PSI according to established departmental guidelines.
* Stocks all areas of the hospital with oxygen tanks per established PAR levels and assists with the ordering of medical gas cylinders.
* Responds to cardiopulmonary resuscitations and MET calls based on established department with Glidescope and emergency airway bag per procedural guidelines
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Geisinger Health System

* Performs daily shift-by-shift rounds of the medical center to identify patient care equipment in need of cleaning and redistribution.
* Assists with the transport of equipment for cleaning to ISS for repairs
* Performs daily shift-by-shift rounds of the medical center to identify the specific respiratory patient care supplies and department paperwork and forms
* In emergent situations, locates and delivers needed life support equipment
* Completes purchase orders for respiratory therapy and maintains records
* Obtains departmental supplies via Lawson computer software system and maintains the supply template based on the supplies that are needed to provide patient care
* Stocks RCS ancillary supply areas
* Maintains GMC supply of specialty gases utilized by RCS
* Maintains Cidex OPA through daily testing and changing as required
* Disassembles, cleans and reassembles ventilators, performs quality control and cleansother equipment as required
* Monitors due dates and/or packaging integrity for sterilized items
* Monitors expiration dates on pharmaceuticals and diagnostic supplies
* Audits and corrects computerized billing; obtains computerized management reports
* Assures all contaminated reusable equipment is delivered to CSR daily, as well asobtaining clean equipment
* Troubleshoots ventilator during set-up, looking for damaged cords, screens, and verifying equipment preventative maintenance dates are within limits
* Downloads nocturnal oximeter studies into patients chart and notifies physician that the study is available to be interpreted
* Answers phone and relays information as required
* Assists in establishing, coordinating, and ensuring optimal storage, par levels for RCS supplies distributed by Supply Chain Services
* Maintains working knowledge of infection control standards as it relates to patient equipment
* Demonstrates the proper use of chemicals used by this department
* Monitor and ensures eyewash station functionality daily
* Reports any necessary repairs to Facilities or immediate supervisor
* Submits work orders to facilities for department maintenance
* Maintains the DME Supply Room by performing weekly routine checks
* Makes daily rounds to monitor rental equipment usage; monitor equipment rental and ready for re-use as necessary
* Save and return broken equipment (durable/disposable) to company for replacement
* Maintain department conference room calendar
* Orient (co-ops, externs, respiratory students, etc&) to respiratory assistant job responsibilities and find opportunities for the individual to observe respiratory specific patient care experiences to gain knowledge and expertise in the field of respiratory care
* Completes assigned duties in an efficient and timely fashion
* Maintains confidentiality of patient information
* Performs other duties as required or assigned by emergency or other operational reasons for which the employee is qualified to perform
* Denotes essential job functions.
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What Does A Respiratory Therapy Assistant Do At Ascension Health

* Cleans, assembles and inspects all equipment to be processed.
* Provides for proper sterilization of processed items.
* Monitors, receives, and stocks all respiratory care supplies and medical gas cylinders.
* Maintains storage areas with required supply levels and equipment.
* Checks and maintains hospital emergency equipment and supplies.
* Checks equipment for proper functioning and calls appropriate resource for repair.
* Other duties as assigned

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Top Skills for A Respiratory Therapy Assistant

  1. Respiratory Therapy Equipment
  2. Oxygen Tanks
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Clean, sterilize, check, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Examined oxygen tanks in rooms to ensure that they were operational.
  • Provided direct patient care to patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disease in general care settings.
  • Perform EKG's throughout the hospital.
  • Fit new patients with CPAP masks, and answer any questions and address any concerns that our patients have.

Respiratory Therapy Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

62.4%

Male

25.5%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

Urdu

12.5%

Persian

12.5%

Hindi

12.5%
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Respiratory Therapy Assistant Education

Schools

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

10.0%

Mid-State Technical College

7.5%

University of Southern Indiana

5.0%

California College-San Diego

5.0%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

Northern Michigan University

5.0%

Century College

5.0%

Houston Community College

5.0%

Austin Community College

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Prince George's Community College

5.0%

Jefferson Community and Technical College

5.0%

Virginia College - Birmingham

5.0%

Ball State University

5.0%

Grand Canyon University

5.0%

Ferrum College

5.0%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

2.5%

University of Nevada - Reno

2.5%

Pima Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Medical Technician

32.5%

Business

11.4%

Nursing

11.4%

Health Care Administration

7.9%

General Studies

5.3%

Psychology

3.5%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Management

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Public Health

2.6%

Health Sciences And Services

2.6%

Health Education

1.8%

Health And Wellness

1.8%

Clinical Psychology

1.8%

Human Services

1.8%

Accounting

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Mental Health Counseling

0.9%

Nursing Assistants

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.2%

Associate

29.5%

Other

23.7%

Masters

10.1%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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