Our world is facing unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several industries, including cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, have been deeply impacted. Many programs have decided to close operations to protect the health and safety of staff and patients. The good news is there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some states are starting to lift their stay at home orders and non-essential businesses are being allowed to re-open under restrictive guidelines. Before a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program decides to re-open, several things must be considered to ensure a safe and easy transition.
It is well documented that patients with cardiovascular risk factors, known cardiovascular disease, or COPD are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 so it should come as no surprise that patients in a cardiopulmonary rehab program may be required to wear a face mask during visits. Since many of these patients already have difficulty breathing, it is imperative that staff set proper expectations.
When LSI was founded in 1985, we specialized in ICU and PCU patient monitoring systems with our ECG telemetry system leading the way. In the early 90’s, we introduced the first ever Windows based Cardiopulmonary Rehab Telemetry and Management system using Windows 3.1. Since then, the majority of our customers and end users have been cardiac and pulmonary rehab departments.
Despite our focus and advocacy over the years in the rehabilitation industry, we have always maintained our product’s ICU and PCU modes (Today, these modes have been renamed to “VSP” mode). As a medical device manufacturer, the product life cycle and the need to support it can go on for years. This creates an opportunity for us to assist our customers in this time of need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the past three weeks, we have called every one of our customers all across the county. We’ve heard a myriad of ways that rehab departments have been dealing with the temporary disruption of care as usual. The feedback we are receiving ranges from temporary department closure to department relocation away from the hospital to maintain regular cardiac and pulmonary rehab sessions and education.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals will have the opportunity to meet with their state legislators at AACVPR’s Day on the Hill in Washington, DC March 2 – 3, 2020. This annual event provides a platform for healthcare professionals to lobby and advocate for the industry.
The 6-Minute Walk Test is a useful measure of functional capacity targeted at people with at least moderately severe impairment. The test has been widely used for preoperative and postoperative evaluation and for measuring the response to therapeutic interventions for pulmonary and cardiac disease.
Anyone looking to begin a structured exercise routine should first complete a functional exercise assessment (FXT), but it is especially important for patients entering a cardiopulmonary rehab program. The exercise assessment is the cornerstone for prescribing exercise that is safe, effective, and efficient. The FXT should be valid, reliable, and easily incorporated into the daily schedule/routine of a cardiopulmonary rehab.
The AACVPR Program Certification requirements have remain unchanged since the Outcomes Performance Measures were implemented in 2018. With the introduction of the Annual Report the same year, any program that has applied for Certification should have some idea of the requirements for 2020. For those programs and clinicians who have never navigated the Certification process, it can be overwhelming. To help ease some of that stress, LSI has put together a 2020 AACVPR Program Certification Guide that provides a high-level overview of the application requirements.
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In early March 2019, LSI sponsored AACVPR’s annual Day on the Hill (DOTH) event in Washington, DC. LSI team members had the opportunity to join more than 75 clinicians from 35 states who were there to meet with their elected officials to identify needs in the legislature that make access to Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation difficult for some patients. Read more »