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“Breathing easy is more than words, it’s your goal!”

The Aquinas Carondelet PRIDE™ Program (Pulmonary Rehabilitation Interventional Disease Education Program) is a comprehensive respiratory care program, that when initiated, provides improved healthcare outcomes to patients with acute/chronic pulmonary problems.

Our PRIDE™ Program gives our patients and caregivers the tools to recognize symptoms and take the appropriate action to decrease the risk of exacerbations and shortness of breath, increasing both their quality of life and health literacy, while preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations. The transitional component of the Aquinas Carondelet PRIDE Program allows our patients to be followed from the hospital and any post acute setting (Nursing Home, In-Patient Rehab) to home (including Independent Living and Assisted Living).

Meet Our Respiratory Therapist

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The Aquinas Carondelet PRIDE™ Program was created to provide pulmonary programming, clinical support, patient/resident education, and competency evaluation/training with caregivers in post-acute and home environments.

Clinical Support Services

  • Patient evaluation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary disease education
  • Pulmonary medication education and reconciliation
  • Care plan support
  • Respiratory equipment training
  • Respiratory in-services
  • Communication facilitator
  • Clinical staff support
  • Pneumonia prevention
  • Review of infection control practices
  • Following patients within the continuum of care

Managed Disease Diagnoses

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia (active or at-risk patients)
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Sleep apnea

Program Steps

STAGE 1: Patient Evaluation

  • Review of history regarding present illness and recent hospitalization
  • Review of medication reconciliation
  • Review of pulmonary disease
  • Review lung sounds
  • Review pulse oximetry – at rest and with activity
  • Review of respiratory equipment
  • Review COPD action plan
  • Review of infection control practices
  • Facilitate communication with medical staff

STAGE 2: Patient Treatment

  • Review of Plan of Care
  • Provide education regarding respiratory medications
  • Provide education regarding energy conservation
  • Evaluate current breathing techniques
  • Creation of pulmonary exercise program
  • Utilization of incentive spirometer
  • Teach pulmonary nutrition
  • Maintain follow up visits according to pulmonary level and disease stage
  • Initiate a smoking cessation program, if necessary

STAGE 3: Follow Up Treatments and Education

  • Review plan of care
  • Review pulmonary nutrition
  • Review of lung sounds
  • Utilization of pulse oximetry – at rest and with activity
  • Review COPD action plan
  • Review respiratory equipment use
  • Infection control practices
  • Review of breathing techniques and pulmonary exercises
  • Review respiratory medication
  • Communication and education with medical staff

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