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St. John Owasso Earns National Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

OWASSO, Okla., April 30, 2015 – St. John Owasso 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 – approximately 15 percent – of hospitals in the U.S. have applied for and received this award.

"We are honored to be one of the few hospitals in the U.S. to receive this distinguished award for patient safety and quality,” says David Phillips, chief operating officer for St. John Owasso.  “We are very proud of the associates in our respiratory therapy department who provide healthcare that is both safe and efficient."

The QRCR program was started by the American Associations for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify 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, St. John Owasso provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:

  • All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care 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 the medical director of respiratory care services.
  • Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatment to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted is defined by policy.
  • Use a process that periodically compares the performance of the respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.

The AARC’s QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among healthcare leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of healthcare services provided to patients.  Hospitals that meet QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for commitment to quality care.  A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the association’s website for consumers, www.YourLungHealth.org.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatment 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 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.

 

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