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Friday, January 12, 2007

RT Driven Protocols

Ideally, according to Egan, a protocol would work like this:

  1. Therapy can be adjusted more frequently in response to changes in patient status.
  2. Physicians can still be contacted for major changes, but not minor adjustments, thus reducing nuisance calls.
  3. Consistency of therapy can be maintained and nonpulmonary physicians can use appropriate up-to-date methods by simply requesting that protocol therapy be used.
  4. RCPs become actively involved in achieving good patient outcomes instead of performing rigid tasks. This enhanced responsibility attracts and retains better educated qualified practitioners.
It's not so cut and dry in the real world. Here's my take on protocols:

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