Essential Functions as a Student in the Respiratory Therapy Program at KVCC
Major Tasks in Respiratory Therapy
The purpose of this section is to inform students of the type of functions deemed to be essential in the KVCC Respiratory Therapy program. While this list is intended to be as specific as possible, it is not exhaustive. Additional or more particular functions may be required.
- Select, review, and interpret written and graphic data from patient records and laboratory reports pertinent to the patient's cardiopulmonary status.
- Determine a patient's cardiopulmonary status by inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.
- Analyze data and information so as to ascertain appropriateness of the Respiratory Care Plan.
- Recommend modification(s) in the patient's Respiratory Care Plan when an order is inappropriate.
- Participate in the implementation of various Respiratory Care Plans.
- Perform the following procedures (and others not listed below as per change and additions of procedures):
• oxygen set up and delivery
• high pressure gas cylinder set up and delivery
• aerosol therapy administration
• lung expansion therapy (includes; incentive spirometry, intermittent positive pressure breathing, CPAP, PEP)
• chest physical therapy (includes; percussion, postural drainage, vibration, ambulation with exercise, turning and positioning the patient with and without assistance, performance of various breathing exercises)
• maintenance of natural and artificial airways
• ventilatory support via mechanical assist devices
• performance of manual ventilation and compression during cardiopulmonary arrest
• arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
• performance of electrocardiogram
• performance of various measurements of pulmonary function
• administration of medication via oral and inhaled routes
• oral/pharyngeal/tracheal suctioning
• performance of routine equipment maintenance and cleaning
• participate in microbial surveillance observing aseptic technique as appropriate
• at all times adheres to Standard Precautions and Transmission Based Precautions
• participate in cardiopulmonary stress testing
• participate in pulmonary rehabilitation
• assist physicians with various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
- Perform all specific procedural competencies as outlined in the Respiratory Therapy laboratory and clinical course syllabi.
- Visual:a. color discrimination - able to identify and distinguish colors as part of patient assessment
b. near acuity - clarity of vision at 20 inches or less
c. far acuity - minimal far vision required
- Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by ear
- Manual dexterity:a. wrist movement - moderate deviation
b. tactile sensitivity - able to palpate with fingertips
c. reaching - seizing, grasping, turning
- Standing/Walking: frequently requires long periods of standing and walking
- Lifting/Moving: requires ability to life and turn patients with and without assistance, wheeling heavy equipment and gas cylinders
- Works closely with others as part of the healthcare team.
- Works in stressful situations.
- Frequent exposure to infectious agents, secretions, and bodily fluids.