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Resp Ther Equipment Tech I - Willing to Train

Department Description: The Respiratory Care Department at BIDMC has approximately 60 Registered Respiratory Therapists on our staff. Our therapists are assigned to one of 9 adult ICUs and are primarily focused on management of mechanical ventilation of the critically ill. They also provide coverage to an active Emergency Department, Cath Lab and acute care floors. We have several therapists trained as ECMO Specialist and will be training more in the near future. This is a new program at BIDMC and we are very excited about the opportunity for our members to be part of the team. BIDMCs affiliation with the Harvard School of Medicine requires our Respiratory Therapist be intimately involved in the mentorship of physicians in training and the delivery of state of the art Respiratory Care. Our therapists play an integral role in several studies that are currently underway in our intensive care units

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID: 44800BR

Job Summary: Orders and maintains an appropriate inventory of respiratory therapy supplies.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Attends and participates in internal and external educational meetings (departmental in-services, staff meetings, and manufacturer's training sessions) to maintain and enhance technical competence. Demonstrates and teaches the use of oxygen delivery equipment, restricted to that equipment not requiring a licensed respiratory therapist for teaching.
  2. Assists the Respiratory Therapist in maintaining readiness of mechanical ventilators by preparing various circuits and conducting electronic and pneumatic tests between patients. Assembles various circuits used in non-invasive mechanical ventilation. Conducts preliminary troubleshooting activities when a mechanical ventilator malfunctions; notifies Clinical Engineering and arranges repair.
  3. Conducts preventative maintenance activities according to the manufacturer's recommended guidelines. Troubleshoots and repairs malfunctioning oxygen and suction regulators and flowmeters.
  4. Monitors inventory of consumable plastics (e.g., oxygen administration devices, various circuitry) and orders supplies. Delivers inventory to designated areas within the medical center. Assembles and delivers various circuits (e.g., non-invasive mechanical ventilation circuits) to critical care areas.
  5. Performs oxygen rounds and enters daily charges using the Charge Entry function in CCC. Delivers full oxygen cylinders to designated supply areas in the general patient care units; retrieves empty cylinders and returns them to the bulk storage area. Provides scheduled and unscheduled education concerning changing regulators on oxygen cylinders.
Required Qualifications:
  1. High School diploma or GED required .
  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  3. Knowledge of medical terminology.
  4. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
  1. Written Communications: Ability to read, and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively with patients, families and other medical center staff; and respond to basic questions.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to understand spoken English in order to follow basic safety instructions and take direction from supervisors; communicate effectively in basic English with patients, families and medical center staff in response to routine questions.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate basic knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices and procedures with the ability to use them in routine situations. Specialized knowledge not required.
  4. Team Work: Ability to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues, obtain information or deliver services.
  5. Customer Service: Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude and respond to requests in a timely and respectful manner.
Age based Competencies:
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Very Heavy work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or 50 pounds of force continually. Employee is physically active in all elements of the job.
EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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