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Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Sputum collection apparatus or containers
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  • Calorimeters
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  • Blood gas analyzers
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  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
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  • Blood collection syringes
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Electronic mail software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
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  • Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.
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  • Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
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  • Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
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  • Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
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  • Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.
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  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
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  • Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
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  • Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
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  • Explain treatment procedures to patients.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $49,153.00 $23.63  $17.42  $18.39 - $25.86 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $77,629.00 $37.33  $27.87  $28.42 - $46.27 
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