About 700 hospitals or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. Sanford Luverne Medical Center also earned this recognition in 2010 and 2011.
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.
To qualify for the recognition, Sanford Luverne Medical Center provided documentation showing it meets the following conditions:
- 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 certified respiratory therapist
- (CRT) or registered respiratory therapist (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 medical director of respiratory care services.
- Hospital policy prohibits the routine delivery of medicated aerosol treatments utilizing small volume nebulizers, metered dose inhalers, or intermittent positive pressure treatments to multiple patients simultaneously. Circumstances under which this practice is permitted are defined by policy.
- Use a process that periodically compares performance of your respiratory department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physicians’ 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 medical emergencies.
The AARC is a membership organization representing more than 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide. For a list, see: http://www.yourlunghealth.org/finding_care/qrc/hospitals/index.cfm
About Sanford Luverne
Sanford Luverne, a 25-bed critical access hospital and attached clinic in Southwest Minnesota, is owned by Sanford Health, a non-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD.
Sanford Luverne has approximately 250 employees, 210 volunteers, and is served by seven family medicine physicians, a certified nurse practitioner, general surgeon and several visiting physician specialists.