Respiratory Therapists

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
O*NET Detailed Work Activities
O*Net Code
29-1126.00
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
0
State
DC
Created
Apr 08, 2021
Updated
Apr 08, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

24 skill sets | 31 total skills
Implement advanced life support techniques
Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Perform endotracheal intubation to maintain open airways for patients who are unable to breathe on their own.
Treat medical emergencies
Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
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.
Monitor cardiac patients, using electrocardiography devices, such as a holter monitor.
Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care
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.
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
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.
Use a variety of testing techniques to assist doctors in cardiac or pulmonary research or to diagnose disorders.
Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide 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 medical facility records
Maintain charts that contain patients' pertinent identification and therapy information.
Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Set up and operate devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use
Set up and operate devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
Gather medical information from patient histories
Read prescription, measure arterial blood gases, and review patient information to assess patient condition.
Clean medical equipment or facilities
Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals
Relay blood analysis results to a physician.
Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation
Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
Maintain medical equipment or instruments
Inspect, clean, test, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment to ensure equipment is functioning safely and efficiently, ordering repairs when necessary.
Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members
Explain treatment procedures to patients to gain cooperation and allay fears.
Determine protocols for medical procedures
Determine requirements for treatment, such as type, method and duration of therapy, precautions to be taken, or medication and dosages, compatible with physicians' orders.
Repair medical facility equipment
Make emergency visits to resolve equipment problems.
Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards
Enforce safety rules and ensure careful adherence to physicians' orders.
Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses
Educate patients and their families about their conditions and teach appropriate disease management techniques, such as breathing exercises or the use of medications or respiratory equipment.
Perform bronchopulmonary drainage and assist or instruct patients in performance of breathing exercises.
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Perform bronchopulmonary drainage and assist or instruct patients in performance of breathing exercises.
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Conduct tests, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress testing, or lung capacity tests, to evaluate patients' cardiopulmonary functions.
Perform pulmonary function and adjust equipment to obtain optimum results in therapy.
Use a variety of testing techniques to assist doctors in cardiac or pulmonary research or to diagnose disorders.
Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment
Perform pulmonary function and adjust equipment to obtain optimum results in therapy.
Train medical providers
Demonstrate respiratory care procedures to trainees or other healthcare personnel.
Teach, train, supervise, or use the assistance of students, respiratory therapy technicians, or assistants.
Move patients to or from treatment areas
Transport patients to the hospital or within the hospital.