Guidance Documents

AARC guidance documents provide a comprehensive perspective on topics that shape the advancement of the professional and its future direction.

Current Guidance Documents

Guidance Document Additional Ventilators May Pose a Risk to Hospital Gas Systems

The COVID-19 epidemic has placed hospitals in dire risk of having insufficient resources to treat the surge in patients. One critical resource is mechanical ventilation. As hospitals rush to increase ventilator inventory, they may be overlooking an important limiting resource; perhaps as important as ventilator circuits or even clinicians to operate the machines. That resource is the facilities medical gas supply.

Guidance Document SARS CoV-2

The AARC developed a new Guidance Document to address SARS CoV-2. The document brings together the current experiences coming from China, Italy and the U.S. along with some commonsense approaches from past lessons learned. These discussions are prompted by the frequent questions we receive by email and phone. Whenever possible, the statements here are supported by the most recent findings. The authors and AARC continue to monitor the science and best practice around COVID-19, updating the Guidance Document where appropriate based on new, reliable information from those dedicated teams in those pandemic hot spots.

Guidance Document Regarding RRT Entry to Licensure 

This guidance document is a resource for the state affiliates whom are considering or starting to pursue raising the licensure entry level to that of the RRT.

Guidance Documents Best Practices in Respiratory Care Productivity and Staffing

This paper provides guidance and considerations in the application of the AARC Position Statement: Best Practices in Respiratory Care Productivity and Staffing. It was developed to address growing concerns that inappropriate measures were being applied to determine the number of RT staff needed at a given institution.

Retired Guidance Documents

Guidance Document on Scope of Practice

This document provides guidance in regards to other professions or occupations whose scope of practice or common procedures may overlap with respiratory therapy.