AARC Issue Papers

Best Practices in Respiratory Care Productivity and Staffing

This White Paper offers guidance to ensure that respiratory care productivity and staffing levels are provided within acceptable standards of practice recognized by the profession and that patient safety is protected.

Development of Baccalaureate and Graduate Education Degrees

The AARC offers this white paper on the development of higher education opportunities for respiratory therapists.

Guidance Document on Scope of Practice

The AARC Board of Directors ratified a Guidance Document regarding other professions or occupations whose scope of practice or common procedures may overlap with respiratory therapy.

RRT Credential

This document provides information on the reasons an individual should obtain the RRT credential.

Respiratory Care: Advancement of the Profession Tripartite Statements of Support

The AARC, NBRC and CoARC have issued a statement on the advancement of the profession.

Safe Initiation And Management Of Mechanical Ventilation

This white paper aims to improve the safe initiation and management of mechanical ventilation. Published by the AARC and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).

Smallpox Guidance Document

This document is intended to provide guidance to respiratory care managers involved in developing a smallpox health care team at their facilities.

Study on The Effect of State Regulation of Respiratory Therapy Practitioners on Salaries and Vacancy Rates

Researchers at the University of Alabama discovered that the positive association between state regulation and salaries of RT department workers, it was small in relation to factors. In addition, this study found no consistent association between state regulation and vacancy rates in respiratory therapy.

Utilization in Respiratory Care

A white paper describing utilization review in acute and post acute settings.

Guidelines for Acquisition of Ventilators to Meet Demands for Pandemic Flu and Mass Casualty Incidents

This document gives recommendations about ventilator acquisitions and other issues that should be considered when planning for a pandemic flu or other mass casualty event.