Pulmonary Rehabilitation

 

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.

 

 

Program Details

 

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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