The following is from the Galion Community Hospital:
Galion Community 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 respiratory care services available in hospitals.
About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award. The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services, which includes:
• All respiratory therapists employed at the hospital are legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory services or hold the CRT or RRT credential
• Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours
• A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services
• The hospital uses a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under a physician’s order 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.