The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1998 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Results of a Redesign Project

Karen J. Stewart, MS, RRT. LRT

Redesign is Mission: Possible, and can be accomplished in Respiratory Care. In many situations redesign is looked upon with a great deal of fear. The unknown may cause a manager problems if knowledge of costs of services and productivity are not available or have not been maintained.

On the other hand, the manager can be effective in identification of strategies to reduce costs that alone without redesign may not have been accomplished. Working with a multi - disciplinary team consisting of nursing and physicians can create opportunities where cost reductions are significant.

Enhancement of protocols as well as the use of state-of-the-art information technology assisted this redesign project in coming close to it's annual 1 million dollar target of expense reduction.

The program identifies the ideal practice of the Respiratory Care Provider and eliminates activities that do not enhance patient care. The patient and the patient's outcome are the center of focus.

The details of the strategies included:

[cdot] physician acceptance of the programs.

[cdot] increased decision making for the Respiratory Care Provider.

[cdot] support from nursing staff.

[cdot] information gathering using state-of- the --art technology.

[cdot] and the use of technology to enhance productivity.

The 44th International Respiratory Congress Abstracts-On-DiskĀ®, November 7 - 10, 1998, Atlanta, Georgia.

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