Respiratory care protocol development and impact

Respir Care Clin N Am. 2004 Jun;10(2):223-34. doi: 10.1016/j.rcc.2004.01.006.


Respiratory care (RC) protocols are widely regarded as the most appropriate method for properly allocating and delivering most forms of respiratory therapy. The use of protocols has increased steadily over the past 15 years, but, despite the successes and modest implementation of RC protocols across the country, there is room for improvement in adopting RC protocols for the effective use of respiratory care services. It also seems that many physicians have yet to be won over, and RC managers need to take the first step toward protocol development and implementation. This article addresses some of the issues surrounding the development of respiratory care protocols and the impact that their implementation may have based on experience gained to date.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols*
  • Cost Savings / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Respiratory Therapy / standards*
  • Respiratory Therapy Department, Hospital / standards*
  • United States