Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 11, 2013

Hospital earns quality recognition in national program

Navarro Regional noted for respiratory care program

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Navarro Regional Hospital 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. The QRCR program is administered by the American Association for Respiratory Care.

About 700 hospitals — approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States — have applied for and received this award. Navarro Regional Hospital has received this distinction for three years in a row.

To qualify for the recognition, Navarro Regional 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 the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.

• Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.

• 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.

• Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously.  Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.

• Use a process that periodically compares performance of your respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying an achieving best practice.

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.

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