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Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown

Career Profile: Respiratory Therapist - Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown, A.S., Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Critical Care Medicine Department, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

• Stat Laboratory – a place that maintains devices that analyzes blood from arteries and helps maintain a patient’s critical blood values, like carbon dioxide and oxygen, in the normal ranges.

• Indirect Calorimeter – a device that can provide information to assess the nutritional status of a patient by analyzing exhaled air.

The respiratory therapist is technically skilled and can operate and maintain many different devices. Some of the equipment is used for life support such as mechanical ventilators, bronchoscopy systems, non-invasive ventilators, laboratory blood gas analyzers, high flow and low flow oxygen delivery devices, portable monitoring systems, EKGs, non invasive ventilators, and the list goes on and on.

My typical workday involves…

My typical workday in the Critical Care Medicine Department is divided between my administrative duties and my clinical responsibilities. My actual title at the NIH is a Medical Program Specialist.

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Salary: $35,200 - $64,190
Min. Education: Associate's
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Administrative Responsibilities

• Hold regular meetings with my staff and with the users of our services

• Prepare various reports – workload and productivity of the section, patient census, quality assurance, quality improvement

• Provide mentorship to the staff on the operation of equipment and troubleshooting techniques

• Provide orientation and training to medical staff on various respiratory related concepts

• Evaluate/test/select new clinical equipment used for patient care

Clinical Responsibilities

• Provide respiratory therapy care to patients

• Review quality assurance on respiratory therapy services provided

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