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SAFH Earns Quality Respiratory Care Services Recognition

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital | 0 comments

l-r: Ginnene Sala, Michelle Johnson, Heidi Reams, Rena Hermes, Patti Heisterkamp and Faye Lloyd, members of the Respiratory Care Team

l-r: Ginnene Sala, Michelle Johnson, Heidi Reams, Rena Hermes, Patti Heisterkamp and Faye Lloyd, members of the Respiratory Care Team

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital earned 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.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care 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 garnered the QRCR designation met specific criteria that include, to name a few, employing respiratory therapists legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential; ensuring respiratory therapists are available 24 hours; and comparing the respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments to identify and achieve best practices.

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 emergencies.

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s Respiratory Care Services provides assistance with emergency resuscitation situations, diagnostic procedures for assessing pulmonary and cardiac disease and therapeutics to treat conditions. Respiratory Care Services also offers pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and other chronic obstructive/restrictive pulmonary conditions along with cardiac rehabilitation programs to assist patients in achieving an optimal level of wellness in a supportive outpatient environment.

The American Association for Respiratory Care is a membership organization representing more than 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.