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Safe and Effective Staffing Guide

The AARC Safe & Effective Staffing Guide (known as “The Guide” or the SESG), provides respiratory care departments with invaluable tools for success in a value-based care environment. The SESG is recognized as the Gold Standard in having validated time standards for procedures associated with the provision of respiratory services and the time required to perform each of those procedures. The SESG empowers respiratory leaders with validated procedure time standards and the methodology to create staffing programs. It is the only methodology that the AARC endorses.

To assist respiratory care departments with adoption and implementation, content is offered in the following areas:

  • Evaluating the value of provided services as the driver to determine appropriate staffing levels
  • Access to newly updated, validated, procedural time standards, scope of care and CPT codes
  • Methodology to incorporate the philosophy of Value Efficiency into staffing decisions
  • A respiratory therapy leader toolkit with references, case studies and best practices in staffing optimization
  • Coming Soon: Easy assessment tool to help RT leaders determine if their departments could benefit from SESG
  • Coming Soon: SESG usage survey results from RT leaders.

Toolkit for Respiratory Care Leaders

The Toolkit is a free, open access document intended to provide an overview of the key concepts in delivering safe and effective staffing. It serves as a preview of the content included in the SESG available through the AARC. Case Study — Strategic Staffing Management for Respiratory Care at Nemours Children’s Health See how an AARC APEX-designated hospital reduced waste and improved patient care using validated value efficiency metrics to appropriately staff for respiratory care. Submit the form below to access the toolkit and case study. A link will be sent to the email address you provide.

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The Safe & Effective Staffing Guide — Basic Version 

The SESG offers RT leaders all of the following:

  • An introduction to value-based productivity management
  • Time Standards for the most performed clinical and support activities provided by respiratory therapists
  • Methodology used for the creation of validated time standards
  • The AARC Value Efficiency Position Paper and Issue Paper
  • Case Studies
  • EMR Integration Tools and Application of Informatics
  • Staffing Tools and Productivity Workbooks

The Safe & Effective Staffing Guide — Premium Version 

Receive everything included in the Basic version of the SESG plus much, much more!

  • User-created Activity Tables
  • The 5th Edition of the URM (for comparison purposes)
  • CPT Code Table & Guide
  • Staffing Plan Template
  • Annotated Bibliography (the most comprehensive list of RC productivity and staffing optimization resources in the world!)
  • Free updates for 3 years:
    • CPT Codes
    • Time Standards
    • New Procedures/Time Standards
    • Position Statements
    • Issue Papers
  • Ongoing Support
  • Premium Pay Reduction Strategies:
    • Forecasting Tools
    • Automation Tools
    • Podcasts/Webinars
    • “How to Videos”
  • Exclusive invitation to participate in/access to a webinar detailing each component of and step-by-step instructions on how to maximize The Guide

The Next Step of Your Respiratory Therapist Journey Begins Now

The AARC can help you discover your unique path and connect you with thousands of other dedicated RTs.