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February 19, 1968

Organization of Hospital Departments of Inhalation Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the departments of anesthesiology (Drs. Yorzyk, Crocker, and Smith) and respiratory therapy (Dr. Crocker), Children's Hospital Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Yorzyk is on affiliation at Children's Hospital Medical Center from Springfield Hospital, Springfield, Mass.

JAMA. 1968;203(8):552-556. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140080012004

A survey of eight hospitals with functioning departments of inhalation therapy and a review of pertinent literature showed that basic fundamentals relating to the organization and administration of an inhalation therapy department in a general hospital include justification, organization, location and design, personnel, equipment, and records. It is recommended that the physician who contemplates the organization of a new department of inhalation therapy survey existing services in other hospitals and correlate his observations with the fundamentals presented here.