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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chica Pulmonary Function Technician - Respiratory Therapist in Chicago, Illinois

Sets up, calibrates, performs lung function studies, performs exercise studies in conjunction with the exercise physiology laboratory, calculates and prepares patient reports. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the need of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent and adult patients in regards to their growth and developmental process.

Actively supports the hospital/department Continuous Quality Improvement and Customer Service goals, individually and as an effective team member.

  • Performs pulmonary function studies which may include administering drugs under medical supervision. Performs exercise studies as needed in conjunction with the exercise physiology lab. Assists physician with bronchoscopies ( Respiratory Therapists only)

  • Sets up, cleans up, and calibrates equipment for studies, and troubleshoots when necessary.

  • Prepares patient for tests which includes, explaining test procedures, ensuring patient safety, obtaining height and weight, and properly placing equipment on patient.

  • Calculates and prepares test reports. Enters data into Epic.

  • Develops and maintains policy and procedure manuals, quality control programs, and safety procedures for the lab that meet the approval of the Medical Director and JCAHO, under the direction of the Cardio-Pulmonary Lab Director and/or team leader.

  • Responsible for maintaining a preventive maintenance program for all laboratory equipment. In conjunction with the Medical Director, Director of Cardio-Pulmonary and Team Leader, evaluates potential new equipment and supplies.

  • Ensures that all tests performed are charged as per hospital and lab procedures.

  • Responsible for monitoring the laboratory for quality management under the direction of the Cardio-Pulmonary Lab Director and/or Team Leader.

  • Prepares and processes purchase orders/repairs after obtaining appropriate signature. Puts away supplies on arrival.

  • Provides training to technical staff, medical students and residents and pulmonary fellows.

  • Attends scheduled educational programs in pulmonary function and respiratory physiology. Attends required hospital in-services.

  • Assists with research and clinical projects as directed by Medical Director.

  • Coordinates all scheduling for the PFT laboratory assuring patients are in Epic with supporting documentation for billing.

  • Additional appropriate projects at the discretion of the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Lab and the Director of the Cardio-Pulmonary Labs and Team Leader.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of pertinent aspects and competency with protocols related to the use of chemical disinfection, high level disinfection, and sterilization if required at part of the responsibilities of the role.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Graduate of AMA-approved registry program in Respiratory Therapy or an equivalent degree in Exercise Physiology, Nursing, or other allied health related experience.

  • Should be BLS certified within orientation period and PALS within one year.

  • Successful completion of on-the-job training program within 6 months.

  • Certification per laboratory standards for bronchoscopy assistance and pulmonary function testing achieved within 6 months (Respiratory Therapists only).

  • Certification in Pulmonary Function Technology a plus.

  • Ability to take call.

  • Ability to travel to satellite sites.

Requisition ID: 2020-14056

Shift: Days

Street: 225 E Chicago Ave