The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

David E. Moseley, BS, RTT, Saturday, December 6, 1997.

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals provide specialized acute hospital care for medically complex patients (critically ill, multisystem failures, ventilator dependent) who require hospitalization for an average of 25 days, in a facility offering specialized treatment programs and aggressive clinical and therapeutic intervention on a 24-hour/7 day-a-week basis. LTAC hospitals differ from skilled nursing units in that these critically ill patients are treated in an intensive way to achieve medical recovery. LTAC hospitals are DRG-exempt and operate under HCFA regulations with a separate administrative and clinical staff. LTAC hospitals offer Respiratory Care Practitioners new job opportunities in a challenging and rewarding work environment.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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