The average hourly pay for a Respiratory Therapist in Bakersfield, California is $31.00.
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Job Description for Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory therapists, or RTs, work with people who are experiencing issues with breathing and, often, cardiopulmonary issues. In many cases, their patients include premature infants born without fully developed lungs, as well as children and adults who suffer from problems such as cystic fibrosis, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Generally, a respiratory therapist meets with a patient and examines them; after discussing the results of the exam with a physician, they th…Read more
Respiratory Therapist Tasks
- Inspect, clean, and test respiratory therapy equipment
- Determine requirements for treatment; type, method and duration of therapy based on physicians' orders
- Set up and operate mechanical and therapeutic devices following specified parameters of treatment
- Monitor patient's physiological responses to therapy; vital signs, arterial blood gases and blood chemistry changes and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur
- Maintain patient charts with therapy information
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Employees with Respiratory Therapist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 1.4% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Houston, Texas (17.3% less), Dallas, Texas (15.5% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (15.1% less).
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