Happy Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week from all of us at LSI! To celebrate your dedication to improving lives, we are holding a special contest for pulmonary rehabs all over the nation. National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, is originally initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
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The window of opportunity for cardiopulmonary clinicians to encourage their patients to make lasting lifestyle changes can often be very small. While patients are enrolled in a rehab program, it’s very important that clinicians push them while maintaining a safe environment. At times, it can be difficult to find a balance between Safety, Effectiveness and Efficiency (recognized as the S.E.E Principle) when working with cardiac and pulmonary patients.
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The King 6 Minute Cycle Test (also referred to as the NCCRA 6 Minute Cycle Test) was developed by Carl N. King along with NCCRA colleagues Dave Verrill and Mike Lippard in the 1990s as an alternate measure of functional capacity to the ATS 6-Minute Walk Test. The King 6-Minute Cycle Test (6MC) is a self-paced measure of functional capacity that allows a quick and accurate measure of functional fitness while allowing easy measure of vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, rate of perceived exertion, fatigue) that are needed to write an individualized exercise prescription.
We’ve created a two-page handout that includes the protocol for administering the test, patient instructions and test scoring.
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As part of our series on tracking and improving rehab performance, we’re borrowing a concept from business school: the SWOT analysis. Why? Well, a SWOT analysis provides a simple yet surprisingly effective framework for improving the performance of any organization, including cardiopulmonary rehabs. Read more »
Happy Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week from all of us at LSI! To celebrate your dedication to improving lives, we’ve collected a few ideas for how you can easily celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week with your team and patients. Read more »
Interval training – you may recognize it as the fitness craze that’s taking off across the country. However, while most commonly praised as the best way to get the most out of your workout, interval training is beginning to move beyond the gym into the clinical sphere. Read more »
Measuring functional capacity and writing an individualized exercise prescription (ITP) for patients prior to beginning a cardiopulmonary rehab program is an important step that often gets overlooked. However, the right tests and tools can help simplify your evaluation and prescription process. Read more »
Aging is something we have no choice in – it’s a natural process. We can however choose our response – to embrace it rather than resist. In late May, LSI consultant Dr. Carl King, EDD, MAACVPR, had the opportunity to speak to a room full of seniors trying to do just that – age well. Read more »
During the day-to-day focus of providing personalized care to patients, it can be difficult finding time to stay on top of the latest in the cardiopulmonary industry – not to mention finding the information in the first place. Let us save you some time – we’ve put together 5 cardiopulmonary articles we think are must-reads, giving you new ideas, talking points and inspiration for your work.
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Since the launch of the AACVPR Registry, one thing has remained clear, outcomes-based measurement isn’t going away any time soon. Are you set up for success? Today we’re launching part three of our new series, Roadmap to Registry 2.0, where we’re exploring the current state of the registry and where the next steps (what we’re calling, Registry 2.0) will lead the industry. If you’re just joining the conversation, you can find part one: history and part two: national outcomes and impact here. Read more »