The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is an affiliate of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. This program is open to persons who suffer from chronic lung disease such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma.
The program is designed to teach patients about chronic lung disease as well as provide structured supervised exercise. The overall goals of this program are to assist the patient in managing his or her conditions, decrease symptoms, decrease hospitalization and improve their quality of life.
All of those participating in Phase II and III programs receive a comprehensive health and lifestyle evaluation. Individual goals are determined for each person. A dedicated team of respiratory therapists will assist and educate each patient through the program.
Patient is identified as either a hospital inpatient or outpatient. Referred to the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program by a physician.
An initial medical assessment, including pulmonary history and a pulmonary function test is performed. A individualized treatment plan is determined for each patient and includes education and monitored oximetry during exercise, classes meet three times per week for 4 to 8 weeks.
Oximetry monitored exercise sessions continue in an outpatient therapy setting. Continuing education and support is provided to help persons maintain their individualized treatment plan.
Components of Education
We teach our patients about the anatomy and physiology of their lungs, as well as the causes and effects of pulmonary disease.
- We make sure patients understand all medical tests prior to undergoing those tests.
- We explain how our patients will benefit from their treatment plan and how to properly use medical equipment.
- Breathing retraining.
- Bronchial hygiene.
- Proper use of medications.
- The benefits of regular exercise.
- How to conserve energy and perform activities necessary for daily living.
- The role and importance of proper nutrition.
After an attending physician signs a referral form, patients will be contacted to schedule an appointment. The costs of Phase I & II are reimbursable by most insurance plans. Phase III is provided on a self-pay basis. If you have any questions regarding the program or insurance reimbursement, please call us at 815 484-7493.