Patients suffering from respiratory disease can take advantage of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. With education and exercise, patients can take control of their breathing and live active, normal lives.
The St. Mary's Life Center pulmonary staff includes respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietician, physician, psychologist, and exercise physiologist. The team works closely with the patient's physician to make sure the rehabilitation plan starts in the hospital or physician's office and continues after the patient goes home. The patient's physician receives a regular progress report while the patient attends pulmonary rehabilitation.
There are three phases of Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
Phase I (Inpatient): Inpatient evaluation may include smoking cessation, asthma education, and/or pulmonary rehabilitation assessment.
Phase II (Immediate Outpatient): Phase II begins after discharge from the hospital or a referral from a physician and includes a bi-weekly, eight week comprehensive exercise and education program. The goal is to help patients increase energy and activity levels, reduce shortness of breath, learn about their disease, manage oxygen, and maintain smoking cessation.
Phase III (Maintenance): The last phase of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program focuses on maintaining the skills acquired in Phases I and II. Long-term lifestyle changes are encouraged to avoid future complications. This is an ideal opportunity for those who want to continue in a medically monitored exercise program which meets up to three times a week.