A national program to ensure patients and families make informed decisions and receive quality respiratory care has recognized Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas for providing outstanding services.
Only 700 U.S. hospitals – about 15 percent of the total number – have earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition award from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
The recognition award program grew out of concerns among health care leaders and the public about the safety and quality of care provided to patients who have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and other lung-related medical conditions.
“Our therapists, doctors, nurses and others at our hospital who provide respiratory care services are deeply dedicated to our patients,” Deb Brown, Dell Children’s vice president of patient care services and chief operating officer, said. “This award is a tribute to them and an example of Seton’s and Dell Children’s commitment to provide Personalized Care to all patients and loved ones in need of the services Dell Children’s provides in Central Texas.”
Dell Children’s is part of Ascension Seton, which is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system. Dell Children’s is the only dedicated, freestanding pediatric medical facility serving a 46-county Central Texas region and beyond, providing premier health care for children and adolescents.
“The citizens in your community are lucky to have a facility such as yours, in which they can be assured of receiving the highest standards in respiratory care,” AARC Associate Executive Director Sherry Milligan wrote in a letter announcing the award.
Hospitals that meet these requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, according to the AARC. To qualify for this recognition, Dell Children’s documented how it meets the following conditions:
- Respiratory department performance is monitored using efficiency and quality measurements to identify and achieve best practices.
- All respiratory therapists delivering bedside care are properly credentialed or licensed.
- Respiratory therapists are available around the clock.
- Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures are designated in writing, as is the amount of supervision required.
- A doctor is designated as the medical director of respiratory care services.
- Hospital policies regulate the delivery of medicated aerosol treatments and specified nebulizers, inhalers and pressure treatments to multiple patients at the same time.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician orders to provide a range of breathing treatments and other services. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving hospital response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.
The AARC represents more than 50,000 health professionals involved in respiratory care nationwide.