Profession respiratory therapy technician

Respiratory therapy technicians assist doctors and surgeons to treat respiratory problems. They work in hospitals and medical facilities where they operate medical equipment to test patients' respiratory conditions and aid in their treatment. Respiratory therapy technicians also tend to breathing equipment and machines during surgery.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Respiratory medicine

    Respiratory medicine is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

  • Medical terminology

    The meaning of medical terms and abbreviations, of medical prescriptions and various medical specialties and when to use it correctly.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Respiratory therapy

    Treatment focused on the management of the airways in various medical conditions or situations such as emergency or trauma.

  • Clinical perfusion

    The health science related to the artificial pumping of blood and oxygen in a person's body, also known as extra-corporeal circulation.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

Skills

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Apply context specific clinical competences

    Apply professional and evidence based assessment, goal setting, delivery of intervention and evaluation of clients, taking into account the developmental and contextual history of the clients, within one`s own scope of practice.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Operate breathing equipment

    Operate breathing equipment and machines to ensure the patient is administred oxygen during surgery.

  • Operate heart-lung machines

    Utilise heart-lung machines to pump blood and oxygen through the patient's body. Ensure patients are safe and correctly connected to the machine before surgery. Operate the heart-lung machine during surgery and monitor the patients vital functions. Disconnect the equipment after surgery.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

Optional knowledge and skills

respond to changing situations in health care develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship provide pre-treatment information use e-health and mobile health technologies medical informatics clinical imaging techniques first aid rehabilitation of all organ systems interpret medical images promote health and safety surgery emergency surgery manage healthcare users' data