Pardee Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition
Created: Monday, 19 April 2010 09:34
Written by Kristie Harris
Pardee Hospital is the only hospital in Henderson County to earn the 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.
Approximately 15%, or about 700 hospitals in the United States have 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 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. Hospitals that meet QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines.
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 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