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Respiratory Therapists
District Of Columbia

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Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures maintain patient records and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

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Currently Employed: 340

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $22.48 - $35.72

Typical Annual Salary: $46,800 - $74,300

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Perform endotracheal intubation to maintain open airways for patients who are unable to breathe on their own.
  • Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
  • Maintain charts that contain patients' pertinent identification and therapy information.
  • Read prescription, measure arterial blood gases, and review patient information to assess patient condition.
  • Relay blood analysis results to a physician.
  • Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts
  • Nebulizer or accessories
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Medical software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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