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Respiratory Care Technical Standards

Core Performance Standards for Admission and Progression

(not all inclusive)
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations

Develop care plans

Make rapid decisions under pressure

Handle multiple priorities in stressful situations

Assist with problem solving

Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, educational, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds

Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues

Cope effectively with high levels of stress

Cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner

Cope with confrontation

Demonstrate high degree of patience

Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form

Explain treatment procedures

Initiate client education

Document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses

Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver in small spaces and to perform procedures necessary for emergency intervention

Move around in patient’s rooms, workspaces, and treatment areas

Administer cardio-pulmonary  resuscitation procedures

Walk the equivalent of 5 miles per day

Remain on one’s feet in upright position at a workstation without moving about

Climb stairs

Remain in seated position

Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care

Calibrate and use equipment

Position patients/clients, manage a 200 lb. patient

Perform repetitive tasks

Able to grip

Bend at knee and squat.

Reach above shoulder level

Lift and carry 25 lbs., with assistance 50 lbs.

Exert 20-50 pounds of force (pushing/pulling)

Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs

Hear monitor alarms, emergency
signals, auscultatory sounds, and cries for help

Hear tape recorded transcriptions

Hear telephone interactions

Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care

Observe patient/client responses

Identify and distinguish colors

Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment

Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertion of a catheter

Environmental Ability to tolerate environmental stressors

Adapt to shift work

Work with chemicals and detergents

Tolerate exposure to fumes and odors

Work in areas that are close and crowded

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