Respiratory Care is the health care specialty responsible for the treatment and care of the lungs. People working in this profession are known as Respiratory Therapists (RTs). These professionals have extensive knowledge of the lungs and heart including the diseases that affect these organs as well as the therapeutic treatments to battle these disease.
In 2013 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) for the third consecutive year. SVMH is the only hospital in the county and one of only 27 hospitals in the state of California to hold this distinction.
The QRCR program was developed by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. The need for such a program grew from concerns of health care leaders and the public regarding the safety and quality of service for patients. Hospitals earning the QRCR follow a strict set of criteria to ensure quality service.
To qualify for Quality Respiratory Care Recognition, respiratory therapists must be available 24 hours a day; all respiratory therapists who deliver bedside respiratory care must be legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or to hold Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials; and a doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services. Also, other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision for these procedures must be designated in writing.