AARC Issue Papers are board-approved statements and research reviews on professional topics such as productivity, safety, and best practices.
Current Issue Papers
The purpose of this document is to demonstrate the need to advance the minimum education of a respiratory therapist from an associate degree to a baccalaureate degree and to advance the licensure of practitioners to the RRT credential for entry to practice. (Review the Executive Summary)
This issue paper aims to improve the safe initiation and management of mechanical ventilation. Published by the AARC and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC).
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.
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.
Retired Issue Papers
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. This paper has been retired.
The AARC, NBRC and CoARC have issued a statement on the advancement of the profession. This paper has been retired.
An issue paper describing utilization review in acute and post acute settings. This paper has been retired.