AARC Issue Papers

Best Practices in Respiratory Care Productivity and Staffing

This issue 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 and quality of care is protected.

Safe Initiation And Management Of Mechanical Ventilation

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

Utilization in Respiratory Care

An issue paper describing utilization review in acute and post acute settings.

RRT Credential

This issue paper stresses the importance on obtaining the advanced credential of the profession and provides information on the reasons an individual should obtain the RRT credential.

Development of Baccalaureate and Graduate Education Degrees

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

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.

Improving Access to Respiratory Care

This white paper details the most pressing access barriers facing patients suffering from respiratory health conditions—and related policy solutions and is a collaboration of the Respiratory Therapy Access Working Group from the Institute for Patient Access.

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.

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

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