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Lung Power: Pulmonary rehabilitation program

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a service designed for those who experience lung problems such as

  • asthma
  • bronchiectasis
  • chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • emphysema
  • interstitial lung disease
  • lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • lung volume reduction surgery before and after lung transplant
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • sarcoidosis

You will learn how to improve your stamina and endurance for a more active life. Program content includes support, education and exercise in every session.

Educational topics include:

  • medications, including drug interaction, using an inhaler and self-care techniques
  • understanding and using oxygen therapy
  • diet, nutrition and weight management
  • breathing retraining and strategies for managing breathing problems
  • importance of exercise
  • strategies for managing breathing problems
  • symptom assessment and knowledge about when to seek medical treatment
  • community resources
  • stress management

Benefits include:

  • develop a self-management strategy
  • promote behavioral change in everyday life
  • decrease symptoms of disease
  • promote ability to function better in daily life
  • help increase ability to exercise
  • provide tools to better manage anxiety and depression
  • promote smoking cessation and good nutrition
  • help prevent hospital readmissions

Class details:

A physician referral is required. Depending on your diagnosis, you may also require a pulmonary function test. We encourage you to ask for these details when you call to register. There may be out-of-pocket costs for the program sessions. It’s recommended you call your insurance company and ask if “outpatient respiratory therapy/pulmonary rehabilitation” is covered by your policy.

This program is six-weeks long with two sessions per week.

Focused Asthma Management Education (FAME)

Mercy Respiratory Services offers individualized education on managing your asthma. You will learn how to get the most from your breathing medications. A respiratory therapist will help you identify potential triggers and troublemakers that cause asthma attacks. A baseline breathing test is performed.

Ask your doctor to refer you for this valuable self-management program.

Tobacco intervention program

Mercy Hospital offers tobacco intervention programs for inpatients and outpatients. If you are at Mercy Hospital for medical reasons and are a smoker, you can ask to speak with a tobacco cessation counselor. The counselor will assist you in developing a plan to quit using tobacco products and will follow up with you after you leave the hospital.

Tobacco cessation from Allina Health

Outpatient programs  are also available that offer education and group support, whether you have tried to quit before or if this is your first attempt.