Crouse Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals. The recognition signifies the hospital’s commitment to quality care as only about 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award.
The QRCR program was started by AARC in 2003 to help consumers 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.
To qualify for the recognition, Crouse Hospital provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
- All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by New York State as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
- Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day.
- Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
- A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
The AARC’s QRCR program began because of growing concerns among healthcare leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines. The full list of 2008 QRCR hospitals will be posted on the association’s Web site for consumers, YourLungHealth.org, beginning April 15.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s 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.
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 46,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.