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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

  • $47,810

    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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Respiratory Therapy Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

73.3%

Male

23.9%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.6%

Russian

6.9%

Swedish

3.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Ukrainian

3.4%

French

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Persian

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%
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Respiratory Therapy Assistant Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

10.3%

Boise State University

10.3%

Liberty University

6.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.2%

Temple University

5.2%

Boston College

5.2%

Brigham Young University

5.2%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Keiser University

5.2%

Mid-State Technical College

5.2%

Howard University

5.2%

Eastern Michigan University

3.4%

Santa Fe Community College

3.4%

Illinois State University

3.4%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.4%

Ithaca College

3.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Madison

3.4%

University of Southern Indiana

3.4%

State University of New York Albany

3.4%
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Majors

Psychology

13.0%

Business

11.1%

Kinesiology

8.7%

Medical Technician

7.9%

Occupational Therapy

6.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.9%

Counseling Psychology

5.1%

Nursing

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Rehabilitation Science

3.6%

Social Work

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Communication Disorders Sciences

3.2%

Human Services

3.2%

Special Education

3.2%

Biology

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Public Health

2.4%

Health Sciences And Services

2.4%

Physical Therapy

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.2%

Masters

22.8%

Other

18.9%

Associate

15.9%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%
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  1. Physical Therapy
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Behavioral Issues
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  • Scheduled patients for physical therapy, doctor appointments, specialist referrals, other medical procedures ordered by physicians.
  • Worked alongside Physical and Occupational Therapists to develop rehabilitation plans based on patient progress and limitations.
  • Examined oxygen tanks in rooms to ensure that they were operational.
  • Maintain knowledge of all Medical Center services to facilitate optimal level of direct patient care and interdisciplinary team management.
  • Perform binocular vision assessments and other baseline exams to determine patient-specific treatment plans.

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