Respiratory Care Why Children's Mercy
- More than 50 neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapists work
with Children's Mercy patients. Nine additional therapists serve as
members of our transport team. All staff therapists are state
licensed and certified by the states of Kansas and Missouri.
- Our asthma education programs are highly effective in reducing
re-hospitalizations and emergency department visits. Outcome study
reports indicate that, following education, 93 percent of our
patients have not been re-admitted to the hospital and 88 percent
were not seen again in the emergency department.
- Our respiratory therapists work closely with primary care
physicians who refer patients to Children's Mercy. They serve as an
integral resource for overall care plans.
- Physician use of Respiratory Care protocols initiated in
February 1999 has enabled respiratory therapists to provide care in
a more timely, consistent, and cost-effective manner. During the
first eight months of Respiratory Care Plan use, utilization of
aerosol treatments decreased. Patient outcomes, as measured by
re-admission and length of stay, were not affected.