Crouse Hospital’s has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The QRCR designation ensures quality respiratory care in a hospital and helps patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available at the facility of their choice.
“This recognition is another example of our staff’s superior skills and dedication to their profession and, above all, their commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients,” said Rob Pikarsky, director of respiratory care, cardiac and sleep services at Crouse Hospital.
About 700 hospitals in the United States, or approximately 15 percent, have received the QRCR designation, which places Crouse among the elite for respiratory care in the nation, reflecting the high level of respiratory expertise at the hospital.
Criteria for QRCR include the following: all respiratory therapists in the facility hold certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credentials or are legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services; respiratory therapists are available 24 hours a day; 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; and a doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other lung or lung-related conditions. They care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving rapid response teams in medical emergencies.