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    The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Pulmonary Rehab Specialist position is a member of the Pulmonary Rehab Interdisciplinary Team at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. The RRT Specialist is responsible for the care and treatment of patients referred to the Home Oxygen Program, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Bronchoscopy Suite.

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    Some of the major duties assigned are but not limited to:

    Therapist demonstrates advanced application of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with current professional therapy practice. He/she is responsible for the care and treatment of patients referred to the Home Oxygen program, Pulmonary Function Lab, and Bronchoscopy Suite, however, will spend the majority of his/her time working in the specialty area of pulmonary rehabilitation.

    The position requires subject matter expertise of the lung anatomy and function with a firm understanding of disease process as well as the vocational, functional, and psychosocial implications related to pulmonary disease.

    Therapist works with Medical Director, RN, Physical Therapist and other pulmonary rehab staff/team members to plan and execute treatment programs for male and female veterans aged 18-85+ years old to meet routine to mildly complex treatment objectives for the pulmonary rehab population.

    Therapist uses a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests to determine skilled therapy needs. Primary evaluation instruments and/or procedures to may include, but are not limited to observation, interview and review of medical histories, risk, functional, dyspnea, exercise, and nutritional assessments, activities of daily living and work evaluations, and PFT and 6-minute walk testing.

    Based on findings from the evaluation, Therapist assists in planning an effective and specialized treatment program that is appropriate and indicated for the individual veteran. In collaboration with team members, veteran and family/caregivers, Therapist establishes short and long-term goals and implements the treatment program, modifying the program as needed to achieve goals and to establish appropriate discharge plans. Therapist recognizes contraindications, precautions, and appropriateness of treatment prescribed by referring provider and consults with referring provider if these are in question.

    Therapist coordinates and demonstrates ability to teach all components of the program, including lung anatomy and function, disease process, use of home respiratory and exercise equipment, pursed lip and diaphragmatic breathing, dyspnea and panic control techniques, energy conservation with activities of daily living, chest physiotherapy, secretion clearance, respiratory medications, role of oxygen therapy and portable systems, nutrition, stress management techniques, and smoking cessation.

    Therapist may be required to assist in home oxygen evaluations and coordinate with the vendor on equipment set-up at home for the patient. This includes, but is not limited to, perform routine maintenance on the arterial blood gas analyzer, educating patients on the use of oxygen concentrators and oxygen conserving devices, ordering/providing compressor and supplies necessary for tracheal humidification and medication delivery via tracheostomy, instructing patients on the proper use of various types of MDI medication.

    Additional Duties as needed:

    1. Manages patient databases in compliance with privacy standards and mandates.

    2. Compiles and interprets data and provides Supervisors with statistics related to program trends, utilization, outcome measures, and related reports/updates as requested.

    3. Recommends items for purchase that aid in diagnosis, treatment, education, and prevention. Ensures proper supply inventory levels are maintained and that the program remains within budget.

    4. Independently works to identify and overcome barriers to optimal service delivery that interfere with beneficiaries receiving care within expected timeframes, quality, and customer service.

    5. Works with support staff to schedule patient visits and coordinating visits with patients, administrative staff, and or clinic assistants.

    6. Fields applicable calls to and from veterans, staff, vendors, etc., for purposes of information sharing, complaint resolution, scheduling/canceling and related topics.

    7. Maintains safe and orderly clinic environment. Assures cleanliness, maintenance, repairs, inventory control, and successful operation of all assigned equipment and operational supplies.

    8. Participates in developing Quality Improvement (QI) indicators, conducts QI audits and shares responsibility for QI minutes.

    9. Shares ideas and concerns regarding the clinic with supervisor.

    10. Performs other duties as assigned.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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