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Full Time Southfield Posted on 3/20/2019

Respiratory Therapy Assistant

Hours: 8:30 am – 5 pm

SUMMARY:  To provide and coordinate respiratory care services under the direction of a Licensed Respiratory Therapist.  Respiratory Therapy Assistant services involve, but are not limited to, observing, assessing, and monitoring response of individuals to limited respiratory services; development, implementation, and modification of respiratory treatment plans based on clinical pathways, referrals, and written, verbal, or telecommunicated orders of a physician; application, operation, and management of PAP therapy; non-clinical support of apnea monitors, oxygen, ventilators, cough assists, vests, suction, tracheostomy care, and the HFHS VAD support.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Include the following and other duties that may be assigned by management.

  • Coordinates and performs PAP set-ups, mask refits, pressure changes, and patient owned equipment repair processing.
  • Provides appropriate deliveries, set-up, and instruction as assigned to respiratory customers. 
  • Provides plan of service / plan of treatment services to evaluate, assess and meet the customer’s needs, goals and requirements and / or appropriateness of service / therapy.
  • Coordinates and performs quality assurance and oxygen concentrator maintenance service as described in the maintenance reference manuals.
  • Coordinates and performs quality assurance and maintenance services on respiratory therapy items as described in the maintenance reference manuals.
  • Delivers and instructs customer and / or caregivers on the proper and safe use of oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen system, cylinder oxygen system and respiratory items.
  • Instructs customers and / or care givers on infection control procedures and are in compliance with internal and external regulations.
  • Coordinates and/or completes all equipment maintenance management records as required by the organization.
  • Coordinates and assists with obtaining all prescriptions and / or Certificate of Medical Necessity forms required for internal and external policies and regulations and for billing to insurance companies.  Conducts or arranges in-service for staff relating to respiratory equipment services.
  • Gather any needed customer or insurance information as required.
  • Fills out appropriate paperwork i.e. Plan of Care, order invoices, and maintains computer data base as needed.
  • Performs service calls as needed including assisting Medical Equipment Technicians with other DME deliveries when needed.
  • Provides customer service support as needed to address patient calls, questions, or orders including triaging of trouble calls or equipment failures.
  • Available for 24 hour on-call assignments, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must possess a personal vehicle in good working condition in order to perform home visits.
  • Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

People oriented, detail oriented good management skills.  Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Good knowledge of medical terminology.  Valid Driver’s License.

EDUCATION and / or EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED required.  A minimum of one year experience in a home medical equipment company and / or equivalent field required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION: Must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License, acceptable driving record, and valid auto insurance.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: 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.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger functions, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance.  The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  This position does require driving in inclement weather in all four Michigan seasons.