Under the guidance of the department manager and Medical Director, the Lymphedema Therapist is responsible for direct patient service; clinical consultation with clients (and support systems as necessary) having lymphedema, lymphedema related issues, or breast health concerns. The lymphedema specialist may be expected to participate in community outreach initiatives including education of other healthcare practitioners and the general public. The therapist is expected to participate in continuing education within the scope of their profession and lymphedema specialty. The incumbent performs all duties and tasks in accordance with performance standards established for the job. The incumbent may have access to highly confidential patient, employee and/or Mercy proprietary information, and must handle & protect the information in accordance with hospital & system policies, HIPAA requirements and the highest level of ethical standards. The incumbent is responsible for reporting all security events, potential events, or other security risks to the organization. The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position, and conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of Mercy Hospital.
1. Patient Assessment – The Lymphedema Therapist will complete an initial evaluation/intake which includes the physical, functional and social needs in accordance with established guidelines.
• Selects and performs appropriate evaluative methods relevant to the chief complaint and patient history
• Recognizes need for potential involvement with other disciplines and seeks to obtain referral from physician if needed
• Recognizes inappropriate referral and seeks to have therapy discontinued
• Identifies pertinent problems
• Assessment includes rehab potential and discharge planning
• Completes re-assessments as changes in the patients condition warrants or upon discharge per department standards
2. Plan of Care – Designs a plan of care based on identified therapy problems and individual patient need
• Chooses appropriate, realistic time based goals for the identified therapy problems. Plan of care is individualized and reflects goals identified by the patient/family
• Selects appropriate treatment methods to achieve goals
• Participates in multidisciplinary communication to support the plan of care
• Modifies the plan of care when needed according to patient response and changing needs
• Re-evaluates according to time based goals per department standards
3. Implementation of Treatment Interventions – Demonstrates ability to rely upon one’s own skill and experiences to carry out appropriate interventions consistent with the plan of care.
• Demonstrates competency with the implementation of clinical skills and treatment procedures per department skills list
• Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment utilizing principles of infection control, patient safety and safe operation of equipment
• Notifies physician and/or other health professionals of the patient’s progress or changes in condition
• Conducts patient/family teaching based upon identified needs
• Provides written instructions to patient/family upon discharge
• Recognizes when patient has reached optimal benefits and seeks to have the therapy discontinued
• Recognizes and assures that discharge planning needs are met