Transition reduced readmission rate for COPD patients

May 2010
Hospital Case Management;May2010, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p71
The article focuses on the program used by Saint Margaret Hospital to reduce its readmission rate for patients with primary diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and secondary diagnosis of COPD. The program includes a redesign of the respiratory therapist work process, home visit, and education on chronic lung disease and self-management. Furthermore, it offers community classes on COPD which include nutrition, medication adherence, and the COPD action plan.


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