Pulmonary Function Specialist
Posted on: November 17, 2022
The Pulmonary Function Specialist is responsible for performing all
Pulmonary Function Testing varied respiratory therapy modalities on
adults in the office setting. The procedures performed include:
PFT, spirometry, bronchodilator delivery, nebulizer treatments and
CPX procedures. Provides interpreting physician with technical data
to allow appropriate interpretation of the study for patient
diagnosis. The Pulmonary Function Specialist is also responsible
for providing clinical support to the physicians and performing
both direct and indirect patient care with the patients seen.
Associate's Degree in Completion of NBRC accredited 2 year program
in respiratory care or Certificate in Completion of NBRC accredited
2 year program in respiratory care.
CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
Respiratory Care Practitioner License within ten (10) weeks and
Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)(NBRC) within ten (10) weeks
and Basic Life Support (BLS) within 30 days.
Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
Excellent communication skills. Ability to work well with
Basic computer skills.
Responsible for obtaining and recording accurate, quality,
repeatable pulmonary function tests allowing the pulmonologist to
properly interpret the study for appropriate diagnosis of lung
disease. Follows established ATS protocols.
Utilizes assessment skills in assessing the patient prior to
performing the study, during the study and post procedure.
Provides thorough instructions for patient and demonstrates
breathing maneuvers to obtain optimal results. Answers questions,
explains the testing process and coaches the patient throughout the
test to obtain quality and reliable findings for
Processes PFTs in accordance with established standards. Prepares
data for interpretation and gives to physician for
Possesses the ability to interpret flow volume loops and test
values, identifying critical values. Communicates with the
pulmonologist PFT findings discussing any questions pertinent to
each patient study as required.
Documents accurately in the patient's EMR, making clinical note if
indicated. Reviews and proofreads the dictated report for accuracy
and enters charges based on findings into the patient's EMR. Sends
report to the interpreting pulmonologist for signature and on to
referring physician if indicated.
Performs CPAP checks, provides sleep hygiene teaching and mask fit.
Documents findings of all testing performed and effects of therapy
if indicated and enters associated charges into the patient's
Interviews patient as to reason for visit and any complaints they
are currently experiencing, documents chief complaint, reviews with
patient history, current medication list, social and family history
updating information as needed in the patient's EMR for provider's
review. Performs all rooming functions with accuracy, efficiency
and in a timely manner. Flags patient as ready to be seen by
provider in the EMR system when rooming is completed.
Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac, pulmonary and sleep medications
with regards to dosage, action, interaction and side effects.
Refills medications as per established protocol. Initiates indigent
medication assistance as needed. Provides samples if indicated and
Reviews all test results ordered by the physician, recognizing
abnormal/critical values/results and clinical data to review with
the physician in a timely and appropriate manner. Posts tests and
examination results the accurately in the patient's EMR.
Performs EKGs and charges appropriately.
Maintain positive guest relations and telephone etiquette following
prescribed departmental policies and procedures.
Documents necessary data for quality improvement and QA
Performs routine calibration of PFT and spirometr
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