ROWLETT, TX (April 30, 2012)
– Lake Pointe Medical Center (LPMC) has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of 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.
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.
“Respiratory Therapists (RTs) care for patients from all populations, newborn to geriatric,” explains Larry Beckham, BS, RRT-RCP, director of respiratory care services at LPMC. “As an integral part of patient care, RTs consult with nurses, physicians and other members of the health care team to determine the best care for patients. Our commitment to research-based practice and continuing education helps us continue to meet standards of excellence that make LPMC a leader in respiratory care.”
“Lake Pointe Health Network is committed to providing exceptional quality care and service to our patients,” explains J. Eric Evans, CEO of the Lake Pointe Health Network. “The Quality Respiratory Care Recognition is further evidence of our success in meeting this objective, and I am very proud of the outstanding Respiratory Therapists we have on our care team.”
To qualify for the recognition, LPMC 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 CRT or 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 designed 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 is 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.
The AARC’s QRCR program grew out of increasing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Hospitals that meet the QRCR requirements provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines, and should be commended for their commitment to quality care. A list of QRCR hospitals in maintained at the association’s website for consumers, www.YourLungHealth.org.
ABOUT RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who work under physician’s 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 professional involved in respiratory care nationwide.
ABOUT LAKE POINTE MEDICAL CENTER
Lake Pointe Medical Center is a 112-bed acute care hospital located at 6800 Scenic Drive in Rowlett. Lake Pointe Medical Center has been serving the residents of Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City and the surrounding communities since 1987. The hospital provides a wide spectrum of medical services, including an emergency department with Fast Track services, a 14-bed intensive care unit, women's services, a Level II and Level III NICU, interventional cardiology, diagnostic imaging, and eight operating rooms. With a medical staff of over 450 physicians, Lake Pointe Medical Center provides most specialty services. The hospital holds CIGNA Center of Excellence Designations for Laparoscopic Gall Bladder Removal and Vaginal Delivery. The hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, licensed by the state of Texas and certified for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. To learn more about Lake Pointe Medical Center, visit www.lakepointemedical.com.