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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Memorial Hospital's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is for people with lung disorders. There is no worse feeling than being "short of breath". The Pulmonary Fitness Program at Memorial Hospital seeks to slow down and minimize progression of the debilitating symptoms of lung disease by combining exercise with education, breathing retraining, nutritional counseling and psychosocial support. Individualized programs can be set up for patients of all ages who suffer from any of a variety of lung disorders, such as: COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or fibrosis and others as well as for lung transplant and lung reduction candidates.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program seeks to:
  • Reduced patient's shortness of breath and the anxiety it brings
  • Increase exercise tolerance and ability to perform normal daily activities
  • Increase patients' understanding of their particular lung disorder
  • Educate patients on the proper use of respiratory medications
  • Teach patients to master proper use of respiratory medications
  • Teach patients to master proper breathing techniques
  • Reduce the possibility of hospitalizations
  • Instruct and motivate patients to start and maintain a home exercise program
  • Promote self-reliance and independence

How The Pulmonary Rehab Program Works:

After referral is received from a physician, patients receive an extensive interview and various tests are conducted by a respiratory therapist and a registered nurse. Testing consists of full pulmonary function studies, a six or twelve minute walk test with oximetry, an EKG, some blood work and a simple physical assessment. Test results are reviewed with our physician director, and with the aid of the respiratory therapist, an exercise program is customized to meet the patient's needs. The Pulmonary Rehab Program is an eight-week program meeting two to three times a week. During these sessions customized exercise programs are combined with group lectures from hospital personnel on a variety of topics consistent with the patient's program. Upon completion of the program, a home or hospital based exercise program is set up so patients can continue to maintain progress and healthy living habits.

For further information about the Cardiopulmonary Services at Memorial Hospital, call 570-268-2243.