T.H. THERAPISTS Ė RESPIRATORY
Respiratory Therapists assist the physician in determining and maintaining good ventilatory status on life support systems for patients who are in need of therapy due to distress or post-operative surgery. They provide therapy, maintain proper settings of equipment in order to obtain acceptable Arterial Blood Gases, and maintain all equipment for infection control purposes. They plan an active role in performing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in a Code Blue situation.
T.H. Director of Respiratory Therapy: (SL-5)
Responsible for the overall direction of respiratory care services including departmental materials management inclusive of ordering, receiving, storage and distribution as well as procedures which require cost containment review, long term planning and budgeting. Oversees the selection and general direction of respiratory care personnel; develops policies governing the use and availability of respiratory care personnel; develops policies governing the use and availability or respiratory care services; maintains department within current state, federal and local regulation requirements; implements appropriate measures to control the spread of infections; develops programs for the orientation of inservice education of technical and supportive respiratory care personnel; develops budgets and scheduling of services, and maintains records and reports. Consults with and instructs physicians, nurses, technicians, and students, and promotes liaison between the department and other services in the hospital; oversees the departmentís coordination and participation in conferences concerning patients receiving therapy; conducts patient rounds to observe patient responses, review orders, records, use of apparatus, etc. Participates in on-going hospital committees (i.e., Quality Assurance, Safety), and maintains current knowledge of literature and references regarding respiratory services. Provides instruction to medical and nursing staff, health related professions staff and students.
BS, RRT. Seven (7) years related experience to include two (2) years in a supervisory/administrative capacity. (Appendix A).
State Title Code: 3744302
SUNY Title Code: 3850
T.H. Associate Director Respiratory Therapy: (SL-4)
Responsible for the day-to-day management of the delivery of Respiratory Therapy care and all administrative matters pertaining to the department. Assists with budget preparation, selection and purchasing of equipment, staffing, scheduling, development and implementation of policies and procedures, development and monitoring of quality assurance programs, coordination and responsibility for the inservice education program and the delivery of consultative and instructional advice and training to patients, students, and all medical staff. Serves on hospital/campus committees; coordinates and provides respiratory care for acute patients under the direction of a physician; makes rounds to insure the proper operation of equipment, its proper sterilization and that all record keeping is satisfactory. Incumbent reports to the Director of Respiratory Therapy and provides administrative supervision to subordinate technologists.
Associate in RT, RRT or certificate of completion from AMA approved therapist level RT program. Six (6) years related experience to include one (1) year in a supervisory/administrative capacity.
State Title Code: 3744301
SUNY Title Code: 3851
T.H. Respiratory Therapist III: (SL-2)
Works under the direct supervision of Respiratory Therapist II and IIIís and attending physicians to provide respiratory care to patients on the assigned shift; ensures that all equipment is working properly and returns any equipment no loner required; maintains all prescribed record keeping; assists physicians in ventilating patients; records the respiratory progress of patients; explains the use of equipment to patients and assists them in the use of IPPB devices; delivers and assists Nursing personnel in connecting such equipment. Cleans, transports, sterilizes, disinfects, and maintains equipment in accordance with infection control guidelines. Participates in the departments inservice education program. May provide instruction to Respiratory Therapy students.
AAS in RT or certificate of completion from AMA approved therapist level RT program. Registry eligible. Zero (0) to one (1) year of hospital respiratory therapy experience required.
State Title Code: 3744303
SUNY Title Code: 3852
T.H. Respiratory Therapist II: (SL-3)
Provides respiratory care to patients through an assigned shift; provides respiratory care for acute patients under the direction of a physician including (but not limited to) drawing blood for gas analysis and adjustment of ventilators or other equipment within the limits of the physicianís instructions; ensures that all equipment is operating properly and the return and proper storage of any equipment which is no longer required; maintains proper patient records; assists physicians in ventilating patients, including responding to all cardiac arrest calls; explains the use of equipment to the patient and assists them in the use of IPPB devices. Provides direction for medical staff in caring for patients with respiratory problems; cleans, transports, disinfects and sterilizes all equipment in accordance with infection control guidelines, determining its availability for patient use as prescribed. Participates in the orientation of all new Respiratory Therapy staff and may provide instruction to medical staff, residents and students; participates in-depth inservice. Incumbents receive their assignments and general supervision from Respiratory Therapist IIIís and attending physicians. Provides supervision to subordinates.
AAS in RT or certificate of completion from AMA approved therapist level RT program, CRTT, registry eligibility. One (1) to four (4) years hospital or two (2) years ICU experience.
State Title Code: 3744400
SUNY Title Code: 1091
T.H. Respiratory Therapist I: (SL-4)
Performs and evaluates the application of specialized, advanced respiratory care procedures. Consults with physicians, nurses and other medical staff concerning patient care problems; supervises the transport, disinfection and sterilization of all equipment in accordance with infection control guidelines. Participates in departmental inservice and educational programs; may present lectures and clinical training sessions for medical, nursing and health related professions students and staff; may be involved with research, product evaluations, planning; may represent the department on hospital/campus committee. Reports to the Associate Director and supervises subordinate therapists. May act as shift supervisor.
AAS in RT, RRT or certificate of completion from AMA approved therapist level RT program and three (3) years experience; or AAS in RT or certificate of completion from AMA approved therapist level RT program, five (5) years experience and CRTT.
State Title Code: 3744375
SUNY Title Code: 1090