Improved outcomes with routine respiratory therapist evaluation of non-intensive-care-unit surgery patients.

@article{Harbrecht2009ImprovedOW,
  title={Improved outcomes with routine respiratory therapist evaluation of non-intensive-care-unit surgery patients.},
  author={Brian G. Harbrecht and Edgar Delgado and Raymond P Tuttle and Mark H Cohen-Melamed and Melissa I. Saul and Cynthia A Valenta},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  year={2009},
  volume={54 7},
  pages={
          861-7
        }
}
  • Brian G. Harbrecht, Edgar Delgado, +3 authors Cynthia A Valenta
  • Published 2009
  • Medicine
  • Respiratory care
  • BACKGROUND Respiratory therapist (RT) driven protocols decrease ventilator days and resource utilization in the intensive care unit (ICU). Protocols have been studied in non-ICU settings, but their effect on mortality has been incompletely studied. METHODS In our neurosurgery step-down, trauma/surgery step-down, and trauma/surgery general units we initiated an RT-driven evaluate-and-treat protocol that included a standardized, quantitative, RT-driven patient-assessment scale and protocolized… CONTINUE READING

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