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Flight Respiratory Therapist-APA

Englewood, Colorado
USD80,000 to USD90,000
Job Type
19 May 2023
We are currently seeking a Flight Respiratory Therapist to be part of our our Air Medical Crew (AMC).

Peak Medevac is the premier long distance medical transport company operating in the western hemisphere. We have a dedicated fleet of air ambulance jets that are owned, operated, and maintained. With our highly trained critical care teams, case management and medical coordination teams, we are unmatched in our ability to serve our clients.

The selected candidate will be a part of a company with a positive inclusive culture of hardworking professionals.

Job Summary:

Utilizes knowledge and professional skills to provide patient care, specializing in respiratory care, to all ill or injured patients during ground and fixed wing transport under the supervision of the Registered Nurse, Physician or, in rare instances, an EMT-P for BLS or ALS transports.

Education Requirement:

Must be graduate of an accredited Respiratory Care program and licensed to practice in the state in which they are based.

RRT is required.

Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) required upon employment and recertification as required.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is required for neonatal team members.

Approved trauma course within 1 (one) year of employment.

Advanced certification, ACCS or NPS, is strongly encouraged.


3-5 years demonstrated clinical experience as an RT in an acute care setting

Previous experience in a transport environment is highly desirable.

Continuing Education:

Must attend all required and complete all annual training requirements.

Maintain all required certifications.

Supervision Received:

The flight respiratory therapist will work under medical direction of the Medical Director, and under the supervision of the Clinical Director and management team.

Physical Requirements:

Weight proportionate to height.

Able to lift using proper body mechanics. Activities may include:

Lifting patients and equipment in and out of aircraft with assistance.
Carrying medical equipment appropriate to transport.

May need to perform CPR without assistance.

Clinical Responsibilities:

Review all information contained in the patient's medical record regarding history, established diagnoses, current care regimen, and current signs and symptoms as related to the cardiopulmonary system.

Assessment of patients overall cardiopulmonary status by inspection, palpation, auscultation and interview. Also review and interprets prior diagnostic procedures, such as, Chest X-ray results, pulmonary function tests, ETCO2, pulse oximetry and arterial blood gas results.

Provides continuous respiratory assessment to include pulse oximetry, capnography, and patients' clinical status.

Initiate, monitor, and recommend appropriate continuous mechanical ventilation modalities and relevant care (e.g., tracheal tube cuff pressure).

Determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory plan of care during flight, recommend modifications where indicated, participate in the implementation and further development of the respiratory care plan, with other members of the flight team. Coordinate the respiratory care plan with the comprehensive flight care plan for the individual patient.

Select, assemble, and use equipment appropriate for necessary respiratory therapy services while in flight, assuring cleanliness and proper function. Identify malfunctions, and take corrective action to correct malfunctions of the equipment. Respiratory therapy equipment includes: oxygen administration devices, humidifiers, aerosol generators, ventilators, artificial airways, suctioning devices, gas delivery, metering, and clinical analyzing devices, manometers and gauges, resuscitation devices, incentive breathing devices, patient breathing circuits, and metered dose inhalers.

Educate the patient, family members and other caregivers regarding the planned therapy and goals of treatment.

Observe universal precautions and other appropriate measures to protect the patient from nosocomial infections.

Provide therapeutic services to achieve maintenance of a patent airway, including the placement and care of artificial airways; and to achieve removal of bronchopulmonary secretions. This includes the insertion of oral and nasopharyngeal airways, maintenance of proper tracheal tube cuff inflation, performing postural drainage, percussion, suctioning, and the administration of aerosol therapy.

Provide therapeutic services to achieve adequate spontaneous ventilation. This includes administering bronchodilator therapy.

Provide therapeutic services to achieve and maintain adequate arterial and tissue oxygenation, including positioning to minimize hypoxemia, administering oxygen, initiate and adjust PEEP/CPAP/BIPAP/ and other therapy.

Evaluate the patient's response to respiratory therapy services, recommend and implement modifications to the respiratory therapy plan based on this evaluated response.

Provide emergency respiratory therapy services.

Actively participate in all aspects of the transport process at the direction of the Primary AMC, regardless of patient's respiratory status.

Maintain a level of practice that is based on current scientific principles of respiratory care.

Responsible for the administration of all aerosol medications in accordance with accepted standards of practice.

The flight respiratory therapist must also be capable of providing advanced life support emergency medical services to patients including the interpretation of Electrocardiograms (ECG), proper application of electrical interventions to support cardiac function, perform advanced airway management, management and maintenance of tension pneumothorax, and the administration of appropriate intravenous fluids and medications at the direction of the flight nurse and following the Peak Medevac International Standing Orders.

Advanced Clinical Skills:

After the completion of orientation, training and evaluation by the Medical Director, Clinical Director and/or Base Operations Supervisor, the AMC will be capable of providing advance life support and emergency procedures when necessary to patients in their care. All medication administration and procedures are to be performed according to policies/procedures.

These skills include, but are not limited to:

ECG interpretation, ACLS and PALS procedures, cardioversion & defibrillation, airway management including use of oral and nasal airway, BVM, endotracheal intubation, use of esophageal airway, and appropriate use of oxygen therapy; needle thoracotomy in the event of tension pneumothorax, intraosseous insertion, IV fluid management and IV continuous medication infusion management.


Actively supports the mission of Peak Medevac International (PMI)

Encouraged to participates on a minimum of one committee (Education, Safety or QM).

Promotes and creates a positive team spirit.

Subscribe to the organizational standards of care.

Actively participates in local and national professional organizations. Promotes positive community relations using appropriate interpersonal skills.


Identifies and assists in the development of appropriate research projects and data collection through involvement with a research program.


Maintains a customer service attitude.

Maintains a professional appearance/demeanor at all times.

Promotes harmonious working relationships within the corporation and referral sources.

Professional Conduct:

Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust.

Provide care without discrimination and, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Comply with all state and federal laws, especially those which govern and relate to your Professional Practice Act.

Avoid any form of conduct that creates a conflict of interest, and shall follow the principles of ethical business behavior.

Actively maintain and continually improve professional competence, and represent it accurately.

Perform only those procedures or functions in which you are individually competent and which are within the scope of accepted and reasonable practice.

Respect and protect the legal and personal rights of patients you care for, including the right to informed consent and refusal of treatment.

No confidential information shall be divulged pertaining to PMI its employees, practices, vendors, clients, patient or family, unless disclosure is required for responsible performance of duty, or required by law.

Will not discriminate against other co-workers, patients, families or any person whom you come in professional contact with, based on age, race, gender, religion, cultural differences or sexual orientation.

PEAK Medevac offers a comprehensive benefits package, which includes:

Competitive Salary

Company supplemented Employee medical, dental and vision.

401(k) retirement savings plan, with employer match and 4-year vesting.

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  • Job Reference: 1010169756-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: Prime Jet US LLC
  • Location: Englewood, Colorado
  • Salary: USD80,000 to USD90,000
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent