If you, your child, or any other loved one were in the ICU, diagnosed with a lung disease, or required any care that a respiratory therapist would provide, would you want that person to be licensed?
Governor Branstad (and other elected officials) recently decided that certain Iowa professions no longer need to be licensed. This includes RRTs (registered respiratory therapists). HSB138 is on the fast track to being approved legislation that would allow anyone off the street to be hired to do this delicate work. This includes work in PEDIATRIC UNITS.
This bill will not only impact the availability of skilled care, but it could also impact insurance coverage for those requiring respiratory care services.
This measure is set to vote March 2. As Iowa voters, let's take a stand against this bill. Tell your state government that you demand licensed, educated care. Sign this petition and let your voice be heard.
Thank you for all you do to help protect and grow the State of Iowa. I applaud you for your efforts to reinvent Iowa government to help our state maintain its competitive edge across the country and help our state’s healthcare system thrive. However, it is discouraging to learn that the respiratory care profession is among those being recommended for delicensing/deregulation as stated in HSB 138, Repeals of Certain Boards Conforming Amendments, as proposed by the Governor’s Office.
As one of 1703 respiratory therapists across our state, I impact the health, safety, and welfare of our fellow citizens on a daily basis. In its recommendations, the HSB 138 established a set of criteria to remove the regulation of our profession. I oppose the HSB 138 and it’s deregulation of the Respiratory Care Profession.
For the following reasons, I oppose this bill as it will have a strong negative impact on public health and safety:
Risk for Harm to the Consumer
- The lack of a formal state licensure process in Iowa would mean that respiratory therapists who are incompetent, engage in criminal behavior, or have lost their license to practice in another state can work in Iowa without any review or screening process to protect the citizens of Iowa.
Specialized Skills and Training
-The unique education prepares respiratory therapists to manage critically ill patient’s life support functions; operate mechanical ventilators for newborn babies, children and adults.
- Respiratory therapists are responsible for manipulation of these life support systems because of their specialized training and the ever changing sophistication of the technology.
- The education, treatment, and management of patients with lung disease such as COPD, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sleep Apnea.
No Alternative to State Regulation
- It is the licensing process, not the credentialing process that ensures patient
Distinguishable Scope of Practice
- Providing necessary life support for patients that are unable to sustain life on their own.
- Perform CPR in all types of health care facilities.
- Work with critically ill patients in all intensive care units (ICUs).
- Invaluable members of land and air transport teams, including those that cross state lines.
- A licensed and properly trained respiratory therapist is vital to our state healthcare system.
The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) developed a model respiratory care practice act with input from the respiratory therapy and pulmonary physician communities in the country. This model legislative template has been sustained as the basis for state licensure laws in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each state respiratory therapy licensure law has adopted, with virtually no changes, the scope of practice that is part of the model practice act. This standardized scope of practice has been incorporated into the various state licensure laws for the purpose of promoting patient safety and consistency in the quality and scope of respiratory therapy services provided nationwide.
As your constituentstatus , I ask for your support in opposing HSB 138 as it is currently written.
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