Registered Respiratory Therapist with over twenty-three years of experience in patient care. I have worked in Intensive Care Units and Emergency Rooms treating all patient types and severity. Perform general floor therapy, including nebulizer treatments, chest physiotherapy, pulse oximetry, incentive spirometry, oxygen therapy; CPAP and BiPAP therapy, set up, maintenance and troubleshooting. Perform ventilator management, maintenance and troubleshooting (PB 840 and Vela), ETT placement, cuff maintenance and troubleshooting, exudations, and weaning protocols. Experience in therapist-driven protocols in relation to ER and physician interaction, responded to all codes requiring critical thinking skills. Facilitate new employees orientation and skills competencies to ensure all staff members are following department policies and procedures. Consult with physicians and other healthcare staff to help develop and modify individual patient care plans. Provide complex therapy requiring a great deal of independent judgment, e.g. caring for patients who are on life support in hospital intensive care units. Evaluate patients by performing limited physical examinations and conducting diagnostic test including those that measure lung capacity and arterial blood gas monitoring. Connect patients who cannot breathe on their own to ventilators that deliver pressurized oxygen into the lungs.
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