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The function of an RCP-2 is to perform various diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to patients with acute and chronic respiratory disease and/or illness. Under the direction of the patient's physician, the RCP-2 is responsible for setting up and operating various types of Respiratory Care Equipment. This can vary from routine prescribed treatment modalities to life support systems such as a mechanical ventilator. This position is also required to perform various tests to assess the patient's cardiopulmonary function status. This position may receive, secure and transport medications as necessary. In addition, the practitioner must be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the following:
1. Airway care.
2. Ventilator mechanics and theory.
3. Hemodynamics and its relationship to the patient’s total body function.
4. Pulmonary mechanics and ventilator weaning.
The RCP-2 must be able to perform the duties of the RCP and Tech Assistants and may be required to act as a resource person for these levels under the direction of the Team Leader or designee.
Graduate of an AMA approved Respiratory Therapy Program with Associate or Bachelor’s Degree and/or Registration from an equivalent in-depth, specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed. Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline. 2-3 years of Respitory Therapy experience is preferred. National Certification is required. Professional License in State of Practice is required. Also Blood Gas Licensure Through State of Georgia is required.
Must have 30 Continuing Education Units every two years to maintain RCP License. BCLS Cert. Minimum. ACLS Preferred, PALS Preferred, NRP Required.