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  • Hyperbaric Technologist

    Posted: 02/08/2024

    Job Type: Full-time
    Location: Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
    Department: NRMC WOUND CARE CLINIC
     

    Description:

    Position Summary

    The Hyperbaric Technologist, under the direction of the Center Manager (Program Director, Clinical Nurse Manager, or Hyperbaric Safety Director) of the Hyperbaric Medicine Department, administers hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients as prescribed by the Hyperbaric Physician. Performs duties under supervision of the Program Director, Clinical Nurse Manager, Hyperbaric Safety Director, and/or Physician in Charge as appropriate for the facility. Responsible for the safe and effective operation of the hyperbaric chamber(s) and related support systems. Responsible for the safe delivery of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the hyperbaric patient.

    Primary Responsibilities

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary responsibilities.

    1. Assists in patient preparation for treatment.

    2. Reinforces education as it relates to hyperbaric therapy.

    3. Keeps complete and accurate patient records as they pertain to treatment documentation.

    4. Performs duties and procedures as directed by Program Director, Clinical Nurse Manager, Medical Director, and in some cases the Hyperbaric Safety Director.

    5. Performs hyperbaric chamber operations and system maintenance as required.

    6. Supports clinical hyperbaric facility accreditation.

    7. Participates in the safety program.

    8. Maintains competencies, continuing education and certifications as appropriate.

    9. Utilizing data software for wound management.

    10. Makes appropriate entries for daily hyperbaric treatments and wound care clinic visits including photo uploading.

    11. Lift patient or transfer per local policy.

    12. Tolerate pressurization and depressurization in a hyperbaric chamber (Multiplace Only)

    13. Need to be able to hear patients and staff. Also, listen to equipment for malfunctions.

    Competencies

    1. Dependability and on time

    2. Customer Service

    3. Adaptability

    4. Attention to Detail

    5. Ability to follow through

    6. Multi-tasking needed

    7. Safety and Security

    8. Technical/functional Proficiency

    9. Problem solving ability

    10. Sound judgment

    11. Good oral skills

    12. Ability to relax patients

    13. Good written communication skills

    Supervisory Responsibility

    None.

    Requirements:

    Required Education and Experience

    1. High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

    2. Maintains and demonstrates competency in BLS (Basic Life Support Certification), infections control, safety and all unit required skill review.

    3. Complete competencies skill checklist. Initial and annual (post hire).

    4. Wound Care Center chamber operators must be a healthcare professional actively certified or licensed in one of the following vocations to meet the minimum education and experience requirements. State or Local Rules may apply.

    a. Respiratory Therapist

    b. Military: Corpsman or Medical Services Specialist

    c. Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic

    d. Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Licensed Vocational Nurse

    e. Certified Hyperbaric Specialist

    f. Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse

    g. Certified or Registered Medical Assistant

    h. Certified Hyperbaric Technologist

    i. Certified Nursing Assistant

    j. Certified Hyperbaric Wound Specialist

    k. Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant

    l. Other allied healthcare professions as approved by the NBDHMT (NBDHMT.org) for certification eligibility

    m. Individuals who have successfully completed U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) hyperbaric training.

    n. E.g. 1. U.S. Navy, Army, or Coast Guard Diver (1st Class, 2nd Class or Master Diver designation) 1. Does not include Scuba (only) Diver 2. U.S. Air Force Aerospace Physiology Specialist

    Additionally, each chamber operator attends, or provides verification of attendance to, an Introductory Hyperbaric Training Course as approved by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, Department of Defense, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, or Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. Attendance may be pre or post hire.

    Note: Chamber Operators in the State of Ohio must be one of the following:

    a. Registered Nurse (RN)

    b. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

    c. Respiratory Therapist

    d. Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) (NBDHMT Certification)

    5. Language Ability: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

    6. Math Ability: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

    7. Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

    8. Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Word; able to navigate through internet and intranet. Ability to learn internal clinical outcome database, upload photographs from camera.