Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) in the Sleep/PAP clinic displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all Sleep diagnostic and treatment procedures and other related treatment and education in accordance with the guidelines and protocols established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, SLC VA Sleep Service and procedures of the Salt Lake City VA Hospital. RRTs interact fully with the patient and physician to treat sleep disorders including those uncommon or rare Interact fully with the patient and physician to treat sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare. Conduct full sleep studies including overnight home sleep studies, and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. Anticipate problems likely to occur while the patient is orientating to new sleep equipment and adjust as necessary. Download home sleep studies and score all scoreable events. Download data from the PAP cards or cloud based secure patient management systems for patient monitoring. Demonstrate the ability to interpret that data for compliancy and /or adequacy of treatment. This includes, but is not limited to Airview and Care Orchestrator Mentor lower graded technicians. Receive and triage consults sent for initial review and set-up of CPAP, BiPAP, SV or VPAP. Utilize Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to add comments used by schedulers to properly direct the course of care and to view/retrieve information on patients sent to the CPAP clinic utilizing sensitivity protocol including the Privacy Act, in dealing with this system. Research Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Remote Data, Vista Web Imaging for sleep study reports from VA's throughout the country. Communicate with other healthcare professionals to acquire medical history if information is not available to the patient or if no information is found. Make telephone calls to return veteran requests for PAP equipment issues and supply needs. Track consults, clinic review and scheduling of CPAP clinics. Understand oximeter readings for reporting physiological findings as related to sleep disorders and ensures the interface of CPAP/BiPAP with oxygen and coordinates O2 needs with Home Oxygen coordinator. Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting or adjustment and performs re-evaluation of patient for equipment usage and function. Ensure that on initial set-up and instruction the CPAP patient is enrolled in the CPAP/BiPAP clinic for future re-evaluation and follow-up. Communicates with patients via telephone and assists in trouble shooting CPAP equipment/supply problems over the phone. Develop and execute processes and plans to streamline procedures for the CPAP/BiPAP clinic. Have complete knowledge of CPAP function, set-up and operation of different types of CPAP, BiPAP, and complex sleep units e.g. Adapt SV and Servo CPAP units. Provide instructions and technical assistance to patients via telephone, appointment, telehealth or walk- in patients. Demonstrate effective written and communication skills. Display good customer service to VA patients and family by being understanding and compassionate. Oversee and monitor contract compliance with home oxygen contractor. Participate with medical and nursing staff in treatment planning for patients with respiratory needs. This includes making recommendations to physicians regarding alterations in treatment plans. Perform and/or assists physicians with testing and studies including but not limited to oxygen saturation via pulse oximetry. Apply knowledge of age-specific concepts when contributing to patient's Plan of Care, specifically geriatric populations. Meets other age-related needs as identified by the Health Care Team. Document patient care and/or procedures performed accurately in the electronic medical record system, on worksheets, and/or in logs as required. This includes, but is not limited to, CPRS, Essentris, Rapidcomm and BCMA. Conduct in-service education/training for hospital staff, co-workers, students, patients, and families. Maintain workrooms, storage areas, and medical supply inventories. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity, race, gender, and others individual differences in the workforce, in the Veteran population, and in the community. Complete Mandatory Training/In-service education programs as required by facility/department policies to include Performance Plan and Core/Position Specific Competencies in a timely manner. Promote a cooperative and positive attitude to co-workers, nursing staff, physicians, and our veteran population and their families to achieve organizational mission and goals. Maintains current proficiency and competency standards for hospital and service. Responsible for reviewing and following guidance via electronic communication put out by the supervisor/leadership. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time-8:00 A.M to 4:30 P.M Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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