Respiratory Therapist team members assist with ensuring the health and well-being of our residents by carrying out skilled respiratory therapy treatments.
Screens and provide an in-depth evaluation of the needs of ventilator and respiratory clients.
Consult with the attending physician regarding treatment protocol. Make written recommendations for interdisciplinary care planning and treatment.
Inform residents or qualified representative about care and treatment plan and possible
outcomes of treatment, or lack of treatment if resident refuses participation in a respiratory rehabilitation program.
Identify problems and develop a complete plan of care according to facility/unit policy and
federal/state regulations. Initiate ventilator weaning protocol and/or respiratory rehabilitation in accordance with the physician’s orders; maintain required contact with physician.
Maintain written records, evaluations, progress notes, and discharge summaries of residents
receiving respiratory treatment and monitoring according to state, federal, and facility policies.
Attend, as necessary, and provide input at the Resident Care Planning (RCP) meetings for interdisciplinary
team and the Resident/Family Care Plan Review Meeting; complete required documentation after the meetings.
Record resident’s plan of care in the Interdisciplinary Care Plan as required or as needed.
Contribute to the completion of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) within the established time frame
and incorporate the results in the plan of care when appropriate.
Confer with personnel of other departments and provide required training to meet special needs