In celebration of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, we speak to Kelley Cogliano, Respiratory Specialist with Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation. To illustrate the importance of this critical specialty, she offers us insights into Renown’s program.
The medical community celebrates Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week annually, which is designed to let the nation know how important PR programs are to the health and also well-being of lung disease patients.
Because millions of Americans suffer from chronic breathing problems, Renown offers a program designed to help. Here’s Kelley Cogliano, Respiratory Specialist with Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation, to point out exactly what this specialty does and how it helps patients.
To begin with, tell us about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Renown.
Renown Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps improve the well-being of people who have chronic (ongoing) breathing problems. Located at Renown South Meadows Medical Center, our comprehensive program offers a beautiful space with treadmills, stationary bicycles, strength training and also a comfortable patient-education classroom to help you achieve your health goals.
As a patient, you can expect to receive nine weeks of exercise therapy, education and also breathing techniques to retrain your respiratory system — all to help improve your quality of life. Under the supervision of a board-certified pulmonologist, our team designs a customized care plan to your individual needs and capabilities.
Pulmonary rehab helps what kind of chronic breathing problems?
This medically supervised outpatient service is for people who are living with any of the following conditions:
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Lung cancer
- Lung transplant
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Any other chronic lung diseases
These conditions are often diagnosed through your primary care provider, a specialist or in the hospital setting. These providers can be your advocate by referring you to Renown Pulmonary Rehab.
How then can patients take charge of their pulmonary health?
The most essential component of lung health is breaking the cycle of inactivity associated with lung disease. The exercise program at Pulmonary Rehab is conducted two times a week, for up to two-hour sessions. Instruction and supervision will help you safely and gradually reach your optimal level of function. Program staff carefully structure and monitor all activities.
Monitoring includes the following:
- Blood pressure checks
- Pulse oximetry (oxygen monitor)
- Heart rate monitor via pulse oximetry
- Weight management
As your activity, tolerance and also endurance improve, your exercises should increase. Once you graduate our program, you will receive customized guidelines for home-exercise to help maintain your new wellness goals prescribed by our exercise physiologist.
We also offer educational sessions to help you better understand the complexities of your lung condition. Family members and caretakers are welcome to attend classroom sessions.