Tippah County Hospital has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) for 2016 under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
About 700 hospitals or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. Tippah County Hospital also received this award in 2011 and 2012.
The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using quality respiratory therapist 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 meet QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care.
Respiratory therapist are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician's orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments, education, and other services, such as EKG's EEG's and pulmonary function studies, to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung conditions. They are also 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.
A full list of 2016 QRCR hospitals will be available at www.YourLungHealth.org on April 15, 2016.