Respiratory Therapist

Spiras Health

Elizabeth, NJ, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 05/28/2021
  • Website: spirashealth.com
  • Company Address: 5214 Maryland Way, Brentwood, Tennessee , 37027

About Spiras Health

Spiras Health delivers comprehensive healthcare at home to patients at elevated risk of an emergency event or hospitalization. We improve quality of life, reduce hospital and ER visits and lower costs. Our services are provided in coordination with health plan provider networks, health plan care management departments and other programs.

Job Description

Who We Are

Spiras Health is an in-home healthcare provider taking an innovative approach in the delivery of personalized clinical care to patients with complex needs. We collaborate with patient’s physicians, health plan, discharge planners, and other ancillary providers to help improve quality of life, improve compliance, and reduce avoidable emergency room and hospital visits. We are privileged to serve patients who are living with several chronic and complex conditions. Our vision is to deliver patient care in the comfort of their homes while reducing their fear, uncertainty, and anxiety about their health. We use technology to connect clinicians in the home with additional expertise and have developed a team structure to ensure we do so consistently. Our culture is anchored on a promise of full accountability and integrity in everything we do.

Position Summary

The Respiratory Therapist will become part of a Clinical Care Team, working with Nurse Practitioners and Physicians to manage the overall health of a defined group of patients in collaboration with the patient’s primary care and specialist physicians. The Respiratory Therapist will be accountable to manage the patient experience and care for a defined panel of patients in and near the community around them. The job requires daily travel to patient homes and a reliable vehicle is a necessity. Successful candidates for this position will understand and be comfortable with mobile technology and have a deep commitment to exceptional patient care. Strong knowledge of pulmonary disease and other chronic medical conditions are the keys to success in this role. Duties will include conducting in home patient clinical assessments, follow-up home and telephonic assessments of patients, providing patient education, maintaining patient compliance to a treatment plan, conducting routine diagnostics such as spirometry, and charting assessments in Spiras systems. This is a personally and professionally rewarding position and it allows the colleague an opportunity to provide health care services at the top of their training. The position is home-based and affords some flexibility in work hours with the constant focus being patient focused care. 

Desired Characteristics

  • Strong and concise verbal and written communicator
  • Able to rapidly identify and gather required information to assess and care for patients
  • Comfortable working with patients that may have difficulty hearing, struggle with memory issues, or have a lower health care literacy level
  • Willingness to collaborate with others
  • Ability to think quickly and provide information with confidence and clarity
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, organize work efficiently, and meet deadlines
  • Perseverance and self-management to achieve defined objectives
  • Confident working with EMR platform and mobile applications 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Restores patient’s pulmonary function, alleviates pain, and supports life by planning and administering medically prescribed respiratory therapy
  • Meets patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by conducting pulmonary function tests, assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results, and contributing to respiratory therapy treatment plans
  • Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and supports life by administering inhalants, operating mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators
  • Administers respiratory therapy treatments by performing bronchopulmonary drainage, assisting with breathing exercises, and monitoring physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, and blood chemistry changes
  • Directs treatments given by aides, technicians, and assistants
  • Evaluates effects of respiratory therapy treatment plan by observing, noting, and evaluating patient’s progress and recommending adjustments and modifications
  • Consults with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers in support of the patient treatment plan and may contribute to patient treatment plans and discussions
  • Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing home exercise programs and instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs
  • Recommends and/or provides assistive equipment and outpatient or home health follow-up programs
  • Accurate and timely documentation of patient care and services per policy
  • Maintains safe, secure, and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal and certification requirements by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating future legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions 

Qualifications

  • Any applicant must be currently licensed in the state of Kansas.
  • Associate degree with major in Respiratory Therapy
  • Two years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist
  • Six months of experience within in the last two years or completion of a clinical rotation within the last year in critical care/intensive care environment, to include care of respiratory needs of acutely ill patients
  • Valid state Respiratory Therapist license (must meet education requirement(s) for state licensure)
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist active license (state specific)
  • Experience with cardiac or pulmonology specialties
  • Experience coordinating care with health plans and health systems
  • Experience with advance directives and palliative care

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