Position Summary: The HBO (Hyperbaric Oxygen) Technician operates and monitors hyperbaric chamber and other hyperbaric support systems. Under the direction of a physician, performs hyperbaric oxygen therapy on approved patients. Responsible for suggesting activities for the multidisciplinary approach to the total patient care in the Wound Care Center. Responsible for the Policy and Procedure Wound Care Center manual for the delivery of acute and chronic wound care. Other duties may be assigned.
- Assists in patient education, explains purpose of treatment and procedures that will be occur during their treatment.
- Prepares patient for treatment, obtains vital signs and other pertinent information, documenting in the medical record.
- Performs operation of the HBO chambers and system components such as compressors, monitor, ventilator/pressure monitors to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment as prescribed by the attending physician.
- Monitors patients in the chamber and records patient condition. Ensures patient comfort and reports any unusual occurrences.
- Documents treatment notes, maintains patient treatment/diagnostic records.
- Follows safety protocols through proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE), hand washing and patient safety protocols.
- Operates, maintains, and ensures the safety of the equipment. Documents and schedules maintenance, repairs as required.
- Participates in practice changes as a result of performance improvement recommendations. Support quality standards and initiatives set by the department.
- Communicates professionally with all team members regarding therapeutic interventions including patient/family/significant other.
- Takes personal responsibility and initiative for performance and for professional growth and development. Maintains professional competence by demonstrating self-direction for continuing education, maintaining certifications as required.
- Demonstrates critical thinking and independent decision-making, utilizing policies and procedures, standards of care and data analysis. (e.g., manage crisis prevention and intervention at a unit level).
- Responsible for the safe delivery of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to the hyperbaric patient.
- Certified Hyperbaric Tech (CHT) or Diving Medical Tech (DMT) within six (6) months of hire.
- 1-3 years of related patient care experience, example: Respiratory Therapist, EMT/Paramedic, Registered Nurse, or LPN.
- American Heart Association Healthcare provider course with Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required to be initially completed with the TH Organizational Development Office within 30 calendar days of hire date (exceptions to obtain certification from a provider other than the TH Organizational Development Office are approved by TH Organizational Development on a case by case basis). BLS Recertification is required every two (2) years.
- Must possess good verbal and written communications skills.
- Prior experience with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system preferred.
- Basic skills in Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Physical Requirements: Medium Physical Agility Test (PAT) Rating
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 20 to 35 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.