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The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (PRP) is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists who provide rehabilitative care to people who have chronic pulmonary disease and their families. The team includes pulmonary physicians, respiratory therapists, Registered Nurse and dietitians who have expertise in the care of patients with chronic pulmonary disease. The comprehensive evaluation, educational and exercise components are covered on an outpatient or inpatient basis.
Objectives of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The goals of the program are to improve the quality of life of individuals with chronic pulmonary disease by meeting the following objectives:
• To provide the individual with a better understanding of his/her disease process.
• To assist the individual in developing methods to cope with his/her disease.
• To promote and maintain improvement in physical capabilities.
• To develop in the individual a perception of well-being.
• To decrease the number of hospitalizations.
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation program has numerous components, which include but are not limited to the following:
• Education sessions discussing breathing techniques, disease processes, respiratory medications, oxygen therapy, exercise techniques
• Exercise reconditioning sessions
• Oxygen dosing (when appropriate)
• Nutrition education session
• Energy conservation techniques
• Individualized session regarding results of tests, program recommendations, exercise prescription, and to respond to any questions from the patient
• Recommend to physician any changes or additional tests that are deemed necessary (O2 therapy, overnight oximetry, ABG's, and medication changes, etc.)
A typical length of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is six to ten weeks.
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