Q: Is the respiratory therapy item in the MDS 3.0 (O0400) only include the services provided by a respiratory therapist/respiratory nurse? Can we still code this item if services were provided by only RNs? What kind of documentation is needed to be able to capture this?
A: A respiratory nurse is defined as, “A nurse who received specific training on the administration of respiratory treatments and procedures when permitted by the State Practice Act. This training may have been provided at a hospital or nursing facility as part of work experience or as part of an academic program. Nurses do not necessarily learn these procedures as part of their formal nurse training programs.” The services of the RN must be by a nurse who has received specified training.