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Respiratory Technician

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Education
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€33k > 56 
Respiratory Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€33 - 56 
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Respiratory physiology technicians use technical equipment to measure the function and efficiency of a patient's breathing system.


The Work header image

Respiratory physiology technicians perform a wide range of investigations to assist in the diagnosis of respiratory disorders such as asthma. They use technical equipment to measure the functioning and efficiency of patients' breathing systems. Most measurements are now made on automated computerised systems that have replaced the old chart recorder system. Computers now form the mainstay of these systems.  
 
Patients are usually referred as a result of problems such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, abnormal chest X-rays and chest pains. Test results provide the doctor with additional information that aids diagnosis and helps to assess patients' likely response to treatment or the probable risks of surgery.  
 
Respiratory physiology technicians administer a range of tests, many of which require the patient to breathe into equipment through a mouthpiece. Measurements are then made from chart readings and meters that measure concentrations of physiological and other gases. Most measurements are taken when the patient is at rest, and some during and after physical exertion.  
 
Many laboratories in Ireland are becoming involved to some degree in sleep assessment, in particular assessing the patient's breathing during sleep.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.

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Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.

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Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.

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Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.

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Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.

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Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.

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Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.

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Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.

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Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.

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Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a kind, sympathetic nature and the ability to reassure anxious patients, who may be very ill. Sometimes patients may find tests difficult or uncomfortable, so you will need to be positive and encouraging.  
 
As test results must always be accurate, you must be careful and efficient, even when working under pressure.


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
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