Physical Qualifications and Essential Functions


Physical Skill
Context in which Physical Skill is Used
·      Positioning of people in bed or chairs, weighing up to 300# for the delivery of therapy
·      Independently & safely demonstrate the strength to lift/carry/maneuver heavy equipment weighing up to 50#
·      Assist people who may trip, fall, faint
·      Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
·      Work with people on the floor if required for resuscitation
·      Assist patients requiring prone positioning
·      Must be able to extend arms or hands in any direction and be able to reach oxygen, air or vacuum outlets, emergency alarms, electrical and light fixtures above a patient’s bed, without the aid of a stool (approximately 5 feet from the floor while leaning over equipment)
·      Retrieve items from multiple locations at various heights
·      Sustain grasp
·      Manipulate body parts and equipment
·      Fine motor functions to perform skills such as drawing medications or blood, and activating metered dose inhalers
·      Fine motor functions to manually ventilate a patient with one hand
·      Fine motor functions to repair equipment with small parts
·      Fine motor functions to feel, finger and handle equipment
·      Fine motor functions to seize, grasp, turn, pinch and work as a unit of the hand
·      Fine motor functions to document
·      Stand for extended periods of time up to 8-12 hours/day
·      Safely & timely walk within facility for up to 8-12 hours/day
·      Safely & timely walk over various surfaces (even, uneven, variety of terrains) inside/outside
·      Safely & timely walk at a slow and fast pace
·      Safely negotiate stairs when required
·      Tolerate full-time work (32-40 hours/week)
·      Utilize proper body mechanics performing all physical functions
·      Ability to perform complex motor functions necessary to provide therapeutic intervention and emergency treatment to patients including CPR
Sensory Functions
·      Feel to palpate pulses
·      Exert adequate pressure
·      Feel varying skin textures and temperatures
·      Differentiate between hot/cold
·      Hearing must be corrected to be able to hear a patient at a distance of 6-10 feet and equipment alarms at a distance of 15-20 feet
·      Hear and listen to a patient’s chest for respiratory and cardiac sounds with the aid of a stethoscope and be able to detect quality and intensity of sounds
·      Hear verbal instructions
·      Hear distress sounds & calls for assistance up to 6-10 feet away
·      Hear environment safety alarms
·      Hear for communication from other team members
·      Have sight corrected (with visual clarity up to 20 feet) so to see in detail client’s movements, facial expressions and performance
·      See in detail to detect changes in skin integrity, sweating, skin color, swelling, muscle atrophy
·      See to detect non-verbal communication
·      See to detect environmental hazards
·      Read documents
·      Read equipment dials
·      Read manuals/forms
·      Read research material
Communication Functions
·      Speak clearly & concisely using proper English in person & via telephone with other team members
·      Must be able to give clear verbal commands (and exchange information) to a patient receiving therapy at a distance of 6-10 feet
·      Establish rapport with other team members
·      Motivate and engage others in treatment
·      Respond to & communicate with others with communication disorders (i.e. aphasia, hearing loss, tracheostomies and airways)
·      Respond to & communicate with others from a different background/culture
·      Accurately report findings/results/plans to other team members 1:1 and in team meetings using proper English
·      English oral language
·      English written language
·      Clear, legible handwriting
·      Computerized documentation
·      Write in proper English using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and word usage
Cognitive/Behavioral and Social/Behavioral Functions
·         Use critical thinking, problem-solving, and sound clinical reasoning in the delivery of respiratory care including, but not limited to the following:
o   Planning and implementing appropriate patient protocols
o   Making appropriate modifications to therapeutic interventions based on the patient’s physiological and psychological responses.
o   Identifying the need for consultation and determining the appropriate resource (i.e. respiratory therapist or other health care providers/team members).
o   Perform mathematical calculations for medication preparation and administration
·         Effectively cope with stress in order to function safely and calmly under demanding educational and changing clinical environments.
·         Be aware of surroundings and alert to potential emergencies; respond appropriately to patient situations including pain, changes in physical and/or mental status, and risk for falls.
·         Manage time effectively; prioritize multiple tasks; maintain composure in situations that require multitasking.
·         Maintain concentration and focus to attend to demanding and continuous tasks throughout the entire class/lab and/or clinical hours
·         Demonstrate interpersonal functions required to build rapport and effectively interact with patients, families, caregivers, supervisors, coworkers, and members of the community; exhibit cultural awareness and sensitivity to members of the same or different cultures; treat others with respect, compassion, politeness, and discretion; exhibit social functions necessary for effective collaboration and teamwork.
·         Demonstrate attitudes/actions consistent with the core values and ethical standards of the respiratory therapy profession.
·         Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, and maturity in the classroom and the clinical environment when giving/receiving constructive feedback.
·         Demonstrate accountability, responsibility, and maturity in the classroom and the clinical environment when engaging in conflict management and problem resolution.
·         Abide by established policies and procedures of educational and clinical environments
Note on Medication Usage
·         Must not be physically dependent on non-prescribed drugs. Student must be able to pass drug screens at clinical sites.

More information concerning the Physical Qualifications and Essential Functions can be found in the Program Specific Information Packet.