Respiratory therapists in the Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia pride themselves on teamwork. They work closely with the nurses and physicians to function as a critical care team and provide the best care for their patients. In this constructive work environment, respiratory therapists collaborate with the cardiovascular intensive care unit and surgical intensive care unit intensivists on the plan of care for each patient. The therapists function independently, using patient-driven, evidence-based protocols and care plans in the treatment of these critical patients.
The cardiothoracic anesthesia respiratory therapists have established teams to discuss issues that are important within the department.
Technology in respiratory care is continuously changing. The purpose and goal of this committee is to evaluate the technology and equipment which will best suit the patient population and the department. The team strives to meet Cleveland Clinic’s mission of providing "better care of the sick" by trialing new and innovative therapies in respiratory care.
Recruitment, Retention and Recognition Team
The charge for the retention, recruitment and recognition team is to explore and implement ways to recognize high performers, to retain current employees and to recruit new therapists. The department monitors the recognition of high performers and strives to increase employee satisfaction to the highest level possible.
Professional Development and Education Team
The professional development and educational team is responsible for seeking out and providing opportunities for education and professional development, both inside and outside the hospital setting. The team helps keep the staff current with basic life support certification, complete proficiencies, and stay JCAHO-ready. The department encourages staff to become registered to benefit their profession.
In today’s highly competitive healthcare market, staffing levels in respiratory care have become a major issue. This committee strives to search for new and innovative ways to improve staffing levels. The team prides itself on finding creative and flexible solutions to staffing challenges.
Peer Interview Team
The peer interview team is comprised of several staff respiratory therapists who meet with potential employees in an informal setting. During the interview, information is exchanged, helping both the candidate and the department to get to know each other better. This process allows staff to have input on hiring of appropriate candidates to foster the hiring of therapists who will be successful within the department.