The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

THE EFFECT OF PROTOCOLS ON RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTITIONERS SELF PERCEPTIONS; EXPERIENCE IN A LARGE TEACHING HOSPITAL

Penelope G. Valentik BA, RRT, RPFT, and Robert W. Messenger BS, RRT. Respiratory Care Division - Pulmonary Services Department, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.

Introduction: Our Department developed and implemented respiratory care protocols allowing the Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) to assess, modify, or stop therapy. We sought to determine how this expanded role was perceived by the RCP in our Department. Method: A twelve question survey was developed and distributed to our RCPs. The survey was designed to determine how the RCPs felt the protocols effected the care given to patients and how RCPs perceive their role change. Fifty-seven surveys were distributed to our RCPs. Results: Twenty-six of the fifty-seven surveys sent were completed and anonymously returned (46%). Twenty of the respondents (77%) have been RCPs for six years or more. Six respondents (23%) have been RCPs for less than six years. The tables below delineate the responses:

Workload Significant Decrease No Change Increase Significant

Decrease Increase

RCP < 6 yrs. 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%)

RCP >=6 yrs. 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 5 (19%) 8 (30%) 2 (8%)

Quality of Work Significant Decrease No Change Increase Significant

Decrease Increase

RCP < 6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 4 (15%)

RCP >=6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%0 3 (12%) 13 (50%) 4 (15%)

Appropriateness Significant Decrease No Change Increase Significant

Decrease Increase

RCP < 6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 1 (4%)

RCP >=6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (46%) 7 (27%)

Professional Significant Decrease No Change Increase Significant

image Decrease Increase

RCP < 6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 2 (8%)

RCP >=6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 15 (57%) 3 (12%)

Professional Significant Decrease No Change Increase Significant

image by others Decrease Increase

RCP < 6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 1 (4%)

RCP >=6 yrs. 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 15 (57%) 4 (15%)

Conclusion: Although some RCPs thought the workload was increased, the results of this survey show an overall favorable perception of the use of respiratory care protocols and an enhanced sense of professionalism.

OF-97-041

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