Quality Support Services
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • 26.50
  • Hourly
  • Contract

We are hiring Respiratory Therapist(s) for contract positions for the US Department of Health in Gallup, NM.  Positions last a minimum of 13 weeks, with the possibility to last up to two years.  The pay rate is $26.50 per hour.

 

DUTIES and REQUIREMENTS include the following:

  • Oxygen administration using all available devices, such as nasal cannula, simple masks, ventri-masks, partial rebreather, aerosol mask, oxyhoods, infant incubators, etc.
  • Basic life support of all age specific patients.
  • Initial set-up of ventilators.
  • Ventilator management of adult, pediatric, neonatal and geriatric patients.
  • Ventilation of patients with known diseases such as COPD, asthma, pneumonia, adult respiratory distress syndrome, etc.  
  • Thorough documentation of ventilator-supported patients will be completed every two hours, including the ventilator flow sheet.
  • Assisting with intubation of patients of all ages.
  • Proper care of endotracheal tubes and trach tubes, including the use of a cuff monitor.
  • Weaning patients from ventilators and recording such measurements.
  • Extubation of patients of all age groups.
  • Knowledge of Respiratory pharmacology, including knowledge of all respiratory medications, their positive effects, their adverse effects, and proper doses.
  • Metered dose inhaler/spacer administration, knowledge of the effect of metered dose medications, frequencies of administration and duration of medication's effects.
  • BiPAP/CPAP administration and proper fit of nasal masks and full facemasks.
  • Proper suctioning technique of patients on ventilators and patients that are not on ventilators who need nasopharyngeal/oral suctioning.
  • Comfort care to patients who are nearing their time of death.
  • Obtaining sputum samples either naturally, by induction, or by suction.
  • Performing arterial punctures, being mindful of proper technique and transporting blood products properly.
  • Analyzing and interpreting arterial blood gases.
  • Running venous blood gases.
  • Having complete understanding, knowledge, and application of chest physiotherapy involving postural drainage using percussion and vibration.
  • Peak flow monitoring of patients.
  • Proper use of oximeter and capnograph on all age groups.
  • Performing electrocardiograms on all age groups, documenting patient information, pulling files and filing EKGs post-interpretation.
  • Maintaining all respiratory equipment for future use by testing, cleaning and calibrating.
  • Adhering to JC and CLIA standards in care of patients, equipment, the blood gas laboratory and any other laboratories operating under GIMC.
  • Clearly educating patients and families, followed by clear documentation of procedures.
  • Must be knowledgeable and capable of performing in trauma situations, life and death situations, situations with critically ill patients, high risk patients, and in case of disasters.
  • Must abide by all JC standards for full assessments, monitoring the effects of a patient's response to care given and all information pertaining to the care of the patient.
  • Must fulfill all physician's documented orders for all patients who fall under the care of Respiratory Therapy, unless the order could harm the patient.
  • Must be capable of performing Respiratory duties in an in-patient and out-patient setting.
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