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Facility Named Quality Respiratory Care Provider

February 15, 2016CHIPPEWA FALLS: Dove Healthcare - Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center has been named a quality respiratory care provider under a new program aimed at making sure residents in skilled nursing facilities have access to respiratory care services provided by qualified respiratory therapists.

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) started the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) program in 2003 to help consumers make informed choices about their health care. The program initially enrolled hospitals that agreed to ensure patient safety by adhering to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. This year AARC added long-term care facilities, including skilled nursing facilities.

Administrator Sarah North said, "We are very proud to provide this high level respiratory care to our patients. Recognizing that our specialty service of ventilator care makes us indispensible in the healthcare continuum, we strive to exceed the minimum care requirements and deliver respiratory therapy 24/7. This philosophy has allowed us to expand our certification to 36 ventilator beds."

To qualify for the recognition, Dove Healthcare - Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center had to meet several conditions, some of which include the following:

  • All respiratory therapists (RTs) are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.

  • For routine care and patient assessment, RTs are available 24 hours a day.

  • RTs provide patient assessments and make clinical recommendations regarding the service needs and plan of care for the respiratory-impaired patients to respective physicians.

  • A competency-based training program is in place for personnel administering respiratory related care.

  • A doctor of medicine (pulmonologist Dr. Kyle Dettbarn) is designated as medical director of respiratory care services and reviews plan of care at least weekly.

  • An established respiratory quality assurance program is in place.

  • All ventilator systems have a remote external alarm system and an emergency back-up power source.

The AARC's QRCR program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients. Organizations 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.

RTs are specially trained and licensed respiratory health care professionals assisting physicians in diagnosis, treatment, and management of respiratory diseases. The AARC is a not-for-profit, professional organization consisting of 46,000 healthcare professionals and is dedicated to assisting persons with respiratory diseases receive safe and effective respiratory care.

Recognized organizations are listed on the AARC'S consumer web site, www.YourLungHealth.org. The full list of QRCR facilities will be posted on the website by April 15, 2016.

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Dove Healthcare consists of skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities that serve the short-term and long-term care needs of people in northwest Wisconsin. Core services include rehabilitation, post-acute care, ventilator and tracheostomy care, skilled nursing, long-term and end-of-life care, as well as assisted living and memory care. For more information, visit the website dovehealthcare.com.