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Respiratory Care Program Earns National Quality Recognition

May 8, 2013

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States, applied for and received this award. Saint Francis has been a consecutive recipient of this award since 2004.

“Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to very good care here at Saint Francis,” says Rose Shafer, BS, RRT, Respiratory Therapy manager at Saint Francis.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) created the QRCR program in 2003 to help customers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Those criteria include having available respiratory therapists 24 hours a day seven days a week; all employed therapists legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services and holding the CRT or RRT credential; having other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures; and having a doctor of medicine or osteopathy designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under physicians’ orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

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