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Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department at Overlake provides a comprehensive program of respiratory care service to both inpatients and outpatients with known or suspected pulmonary (lung) disease or dysfunctions. Our respiratory therapists are highly skilled professionals who work to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders caused by many diseases and conditions.

Overlake earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 500 hospitals, or approximately 10 percent, of hospitals in the United States have applied for and received this award. Overlake's Respiratory Care Department has received this award since its start in 2003.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services.

In respiratory care some breathing functions are accomplished by therapeutic administration of oxygen, rehabilitation techniques, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintenance of natural and artificial airways.

Respiratory therapists perform specific tests to assist the physician to diagnose and facilitate the monitoring and treatment of patients. These tests include:

  • The measurement of ventilatory volumes.
  • Pressures and flows.
  • The analysis of blood and respiratory gases.

Accreditation and Standards

Overlake is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. To maintain our level of excellence, all Respiratory Therapists are licensed by the Department of Health for the State of Washington as Respiratory Care Practitioners. Aside from fostering self-development and continuing education, our staff is required to complete competency testing each year to remain proficient in their field.

Certifications are as follows:

  • The Medical Director of Respiratory Care is a board-certified pulmonologist.
  • Respiratory Therapists are certified by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • Respiratory Therapists are certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by the American Heart Association.
  • The program is certified as a Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) by the American Heart Association.
  • The laboratory part of service (Stat ABG labs) subscribes to strict quality assurance programs and is certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act), as is the Overlake Laboratory, which provides oversight.