Pulmonary Talk Video Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary service that helps a person with pulmonary disease reach his/her maximum level of independence and function in the community. In our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, we will work with you to increase your functional abilities, decrease your shortness of breath and improve your understanding of your lung disease.
This Outpatient Program is two to three hours-a-day, three times per week for approximately six to ten weeks and includes:

Endurance Exercise Group

This group has a maximum of eight patients so that we can give you our utmost attention. During this 75 minute session, you will focus on endurance training, using fitness equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bicycle to work on your lower extremities. You will also work on upper extremities by using an upper extremity cycle and/or light hand weights.

Individual Therapy Sessions:

In one-on-one sessions, you will be seen by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist for evaluation and training. You will learn techniques to decrease energy expenditure for walking, climbing stairs, completing self-care and performing chores. These half-hour sessions will be scheduled until you reach long-term goals that are individually set.

Your Primary Care Physician or Pulmonologist may refer you for Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation if the following conditions are met:

Abnormal lung function (spiromentry):
  • FEB 1 < 80% of predicted AND FeV1/FVC ration < 70%, moderate, severe or very severe COPD

           OR

  • Restrictive Lung Disease

           OR

  • Low oxygen levels: Pa02 < 55mmHg or Saturation < 90% on ambient air

Admission Criteria

  • Physician referral
  • A recent Pulmonary Function Test
  • Ability to ambulate 50 feet
  • Commitment and motivation to participate in the program
  • Medical stability
  • Insurance Approval

Who May Benefit From This Program?

Patients with obstructive lung diseases such as COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, and pre- and post-lung transplant/surgery. Additionally, restrictive lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and pulmonary hypertension.

Outcomes at HSC’s Outpatient Program

  • 98% had improvement in quality of life
  • 70% had less fatigue
  • 77% had reduced shortness of breath
  • 77% of patients had a decrease in their fatigue
  • 72% are now more confident handling their lung disease

Our Comprehensive Program Includes Educational Topics Such As:

  • Breathing retraining
  • Relapse prevention
  • Reduced risk from other medical related problems
  • Commonly-used medication
  • Nutrition
  • Psychosocial issues and stress management
  • Advanced directives
  • Anatomy and physiology of lung disease
  • Oxygen safety and traveling with oxygen

To learn more, contact Elyse Carroll, BS, RRT, AE-C, Respiratory Disease Manager, at 860.832.6256, or ecarroll@hfsc.org. Fax: 860.832.6286