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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.
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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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To celebrate Cardiac Rehab Week 2018 (Feb. 11-17), we are holding a special contest for cardiac rehabs all over the nation. National Cardiac Rehab Week, originally initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), helps draw attention to how participating in cardiac rehab can help reduce the effects of heart disease. Read more »
As the healthcare industry continues to move towards a value-based payment model, hospitals are relying more and more on quality outcomes. Not only will tracking patient outcomes help you and your staff identify opportunities for quality improvement, but they can also be used to create an individualized treatment plan and set appropriate goals for each patient. Read more »
As part of our dedication to improving lives, LSI is committed to supporting cardiac and pulmonary rehab professionals. During conferences like AACVPR’s Annual Meeting, we enjoy the opportunity to connect with these professionals and help them improve their own lives. Read more »
At LSI, we’re dedicated to helping your cardiac rehabilitation program become more effective and efficient. We understand that every program has its own unique challenges and we strive to provide the resources you need to overcome them. Read more »
The first step to improving patients’ lives through cardiac rehabilitation is getting them enrolled. We often hear from cardiac rehab professionals that one of the obstacles they face is reducing the wait time between a patient’s hospital discharge and his or her enrollment in cardiac rehab. Read more »
The goal of any cardiac rehab program is to provide patients with the best, most comprehensive care possible. How can you make sure your program is achieving this goal? Follow the S.E.E. Principle. Read more »
Cardiac rehab and secondary prevention programs are becoming increasingly involved in the comprehensive care of patients with heart failure. To assist clinicians in caring for these patients, we’ve created a helpful, two-page handout that outlines heart failure exercise guidelines and zones. We’ve used the FITT Principle to prescribe a safe and beneficial exercise training program to achieve optimal outcomes. Read more »