Respiratory Exhale Program
Respiratory Therapy - Exhale Program
A New Readmission Reduction Program for Stage 4 COPD Patients*
Exhale with Reliable Medical Supply, Inc. is a program that is designed to educate patients on the various topics of disease management. Equipment evaluations as well as in-home assessments will be conducted to determine the patient’s individual needs to maintain a healthy home environment and reduce the likelihood of hospital readmissions. Patients will work directly with our Licensed Respiratory Therapist as well as our Registered Dietitian to accomplish these goals.
The initial home visit will include a visit from a Reliable Medical Supply Licensed Respiratory Therapist. This visit will include disease management education, equipment evaluations and home assessment to determine additional patient needs. A full clinical assessment will be conducted including:
- baseline pulse oximetry
- end tidal CO²
- breath sounds
- nutritional screening
A Respiratory Therapist will phone the patient and schedule the next at-home visit. A nutrition assessment will be done by a Registered Dietitian to educate the patient and determine if a follow-up visit is needed.
A Respiratory Therapist will follow-up with another at-home visit to reassess the patient's SpCO², ETCO² levels as well as conduct a clinical respiratory re-check. A report will be generated regarding the patient’s usage and tolerance of the non-invasive vent protocol (if being utilized). If these results indicate an additional visit is necessary prior to the 30 day mark, this will be scheduled during this visit.
A Respiratory Therapist will call the patient and determine if an additional in-home visit is necessary. If needed, this will be scheduled during this appointment.