US COPD Coalition

Respiratory Compromise Institute Joins US COPD Coalition


The US COPD Coalition is pleased to welcome the Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) as its newest member organization. RCI is an alliance of professional medical societies and interested healthcare providers that have mobilized to define the state of Respiratory Compromise and educate the medical community so that the onset of respiratory compromise can be detected to mitigate respiratory failure and arrest.

According to their website, RCI aims to “elevate awareness surrounding this respiratory state and support the use of monitoring tools and treatments already available, so healthcare professionals can help reduce the incidence of Respiratory Compromise”.

“We are delighted to have the Institute join the membership of US COPD Coalition”, said Sam Giordano, Chair of the US COPD Coalition’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to continuing and enhancing our collaboration with RCI on activities to further the mission of the Coalition.”

RCI was formally constituted in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Institute was formalized by the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) as a follow-up to a two day multi-society conference that focused on a definition of respiratory compromise, approaches to education of the medical community and the general public, and research opportunities that would assist the broad medical community to address respiratory compromise in varied settings, including the hospital, nursing homes, and the home.

The Clinical Advisory Committee is an important component of the Institute and includes representatives appointed by key medical societies. While each society retains total discretion to adopt and support varied activities of the Institute, the scope of society support clearly signals the importance of this issue.


The institute was formed to better define respiratory compromise and explore the potential for improved solutions to reduce preventable harm and deaths. The institute is comprised of a coalition of representatives and thought leaders from multiple physician, nursing, respiratory therapist, and patient safety organizations with support from industry sources. Our objectives are to raise awareness, provide education, and encourage research of RC.