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Hyperbaric Technician / Technologist (EMT/CRT/RRT/LPN)

Ocean Springs Hospital | Full-Time | Days

Position Overview
The Hyperbaric Technician / Technologist, under the direction of a physician, performs hyperbaric oxygen therapy on approved patients.  He/She operates and monitors the hyperbaric chamber and other hyperbaric support system and performs necessary maintenance to systems daily. The Hyperbaric Technician / Technologist ensures the cleanliness and maintenance of the chamber’s oxygen system. He/She maintains patient records, records of chamber use – including time and pressure information for each patient – and chamber maintenance records.
 
DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

Education
Must have appropriate educational diploma/degree:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):  Must be a High School graduate or equivalent.
  • Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapist:  Must be a graduate from an accredited, state approved, Respiratory Therapy Program.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):  Must be a graduate of accredited school of licensed practical nursing.

The Certified Technologist has completed the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) approved hyperbaric medicine introductory training course.

License
If clinical practitioner, must hold current applicable MS license/certification(s).
  
Certification
Must complete BCLS certification by the end of position orientation; must maintain current BCLS certification. 
 
Respiratory Therapists must complete ACLS certification by the end of position orientation; must maintain current ACLS certification. 
 
The Certified Technologist must be certified through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) as a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist.
  
Experience
A minimum of one (1) year hyperbaric experience preferred.

Physical Demands
Work is mainly active: involves regular requirements to move about the unit, move about the facility, and to travel to another facility within the SRHS service area. Work involves exerting oneself to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Work involves using repetitive motions: substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers while operating standard office equipment such as computer keyboard, copier, and 10‐key.

Work involves being able to perceive the nature of sound at normal speaking levels with or without correction; the ability to make fine discriminations in sound. Work requires close visual acuity and the ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus, i.e. shift gaze from viewing a computer monitor to forms/printed material that are closer to compare data at close vision.

Must be able to be active for extended periods of time without experiencing undue fatigue. Must be able to work flexible hours, when required/requested.
 
Mental Demands
Must possess keen mental faculties in the management of information. Must possess emotional stability conducive to dealing with high stress levels associated with care of acute patient/family, rapidly changing patient conditions, emotional demands of patients and families, and demands of maintaining effective working relationships with peers, managers, physicians, and other health care workers. Work requires superb communication / speaking / enunciation skills to receive and give information in person and by telephone.
 
Special Demands
Work requires the ability to function independently, adapt to workload demands, set priorities, understand and set goals. Must possess proficient knowledge and ability to use a computer (must be keyboard proficient) and other office technology (i.e., telephone, fax, etc.). Proficient knowledge and skill in using Microsoft Outlook and Word.
 
Must have a valid driver license as job requires traveling throughout the SRHS service area.
 
Must be able to demonstrate appropriate clinical judgment and apply appropriate professional skills to a patient population of all ages.
 
Must have knowledge in basic calculations for the conversion of common pressure units used in diving and hyperbaric practice (examples include feet/meters, psi/bar/kPa, Kg/pound etc.).  Must be knowledgeable of the physical laws that influence pressure and its relation to volume, temperature, pressure and the effects of pressure on gases entering a patient's bloodstream. Must be aware of the signs and symptoms of the various pressure-related injuries and illnesses that a person in recompression may suffer.