Pulmonary rehabilitation at Davis Hospital is an evidence-based multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with chronic respiratory diseases who are symptomatic and often have decreased daily life activities. This therapy is covered by most insurance providers and by Medicare (for patients with moderate to very severe COPD).
“Pulmonary rehabilitation provides the greatest improvements in symptoms, exercise capacity, and health related quality of life of any therapy available for patients with COPD,” according to one study endorsed by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
The rehabilitation program provides individualized treatment designed to reduce symptoms, optimize functional status, increase participation, and reduce health care costs through stabilizing or reversing systemic manifestations of the disease.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Structure
Sessions are held three days per week at Davis Hospital, with a patient goal to work up to approximately 90 minutes of exercise at each session. The full program lasts 12 weeks, with patients completing 36 total sessions.
Pulmonary rehabilitation includes:
- Assessment: A nurse, physician, respiratory therapist, or physical therapist may perform an assessment to determine a need for pulmonary rehabilitation and course of therapy.
- Exercise: This is the core focus of the pulmonary rehabilitation program. Specially designed exercise techniques can help the patient develop strength and good habits for dealing with his or her condition.
- Education: Patients learn about their condition, as well as strategies for conserving energy, breathing, and nutrition.
- Psychosocial: Social techniques for dealing with a chronic lung condition may be provided.
Following the exercise routine, group education sessions are available to provide further knowledge and understanding of lung disorders. These group education sessions help patients discover ways they can live healthier, more productive lives.
Common conditions treated in the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program include:
Chronic bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes causing difficulty in breathing. Smoking is the most common cause.
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease): A progressively worsening disease that makes breathing difficult. Common symptoms include coughing, excess mucus production, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
- Cystic fibrosis: Mucus becomes sticky and thick, blocking airways and putting patients at increased risk for lung infections.
- Emphysema: Damage to the air sacs in lungs make it difficult to catch one’s breath. Chronic cough and trouble breathing during exercise are common symptoms. Smoking is the most common cause.
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A condition in which tissue deep in the lungs becomes thick and stiff. Scar tissue (i.e. fibrosis) develops, which limits the lungs’ ability to effectively take up oxygen. Critical organs, such as the brain, do not get enough oxygen.
- Sarcoidosis: A disease that causes inflammation in the body’s organs, oftentimes beginning with the lungs, skin, and/or chest lymph nodes.
Many patients who use oxygen 24/7 find pulmonary rehabilitation beneficial.
Results of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
According to numerous studies collected by the American Thoracic Society, pulmonary rehabilitation, along with standard medical therapy, may offer the following benefits:
- Relief of symptoms
- Improvement in exercise tolerance
- Improvement in health status
- Prevention of complications and exacerbations
Additionally, many patients experience a better quality of life overall and can better manage related symptoms like anxiety and depression as a result of their participation in the program.
Begin Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Davis Hospital and Medical Center
This rehabilitation program is covered by Medicare. Contact Bill Carter, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at Davis Hospital with any questions by calling 801.807.7356 or emailing email@example.com.