STEUBENVILLE - Acuity Specialty Hospital Ohio Valley has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition 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 facilities utilizing 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, Acuity Specialty Hospital met specific conditions, including:
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 have to be available around the clock.
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.
Use a process that periodically compares performance of respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.
The AARC's QRCR program formed out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients.