Pulmonary Talk Video Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary service that helps a person with pulmonary disease reach his/her maximum level of independence and function in the community. In our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, we will work with you to increase your functional abilities, decrease your shortness of breath and improve your understanding of your lung disease.
This Outpatient Program is two to three hours-a-day, three times per week for approximately six to ten weeks and includes:

Endurance Exercise Group

This group has a maximum of eight patients in order that we may give you our utmost attention. During this 75-hour session, you will work on endurance training, using fitness equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bicycle to work on your lower extremities. You will also work on upper extremity endurance by using an upper extremity cycle or light hand weights.

Individual Therapy Sessions:

During these one-on-one sessions, you will be seen by a Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist for evaluation and training in techniques to decrease energy expenditure for walking, climbing stairs, completing self-care and performing chores. These half-hour sessions will be scheduled until you reach long-term goals that are individually set for you.

Your Primary Care Physician or Pulmonologist may refer you for Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation if the following conditions are met:

  • Abnormal lung function (spirometry): FEV 1 <80% of predicted and FeV1/FVC ratio < 70%


  • Low oxygen levels: Pa02 < 55mmHg or Saturation <90% on ambient air and the ability to ambulate at least 50 feet.

Guidelines for Admission:

  • Physician referral/order from a Pulmonologist or Primary Care Physician
  • A Pulmonary Function Test (within the past six months)
  • Availability of past medical records/history
  • Ability, commitment and motivation to participate in rehabilitation program
  • Medical stability
  • Insurance Approval

Who May Benefit From This Program?

Patients with obstructive lung diseases such as COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, and pre- and post-lung transplant/surgery. Additionally, restrictive lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and pulmonary hypertension.

Outcomes at HSC’s Outpatient Program

  • 100% patient and referring physician satisfaction
  • 89% of patients improved their walk distance
    Average change in distance over 200 feet
  • 74% of patients report a reduction in shortness of breath
  • 77% of patients had a decrease in their fatigue
  • Excellent smoking cessation rates
    77% of participants quit at 3 months
    67% of participants quit at 6 months

Our Comprehensive Program Includes Educational Topics Such As:

  • Breathing retraining
  • Relapse prevention
  • Commonly-used medication
  • Nutrition
  • Psychosocial issues and stress management
  • Advanced directives
  • Anatomy and physiology of lung disease
  • Bronchial hygiene
  • Oxygen safety and traveling with oxygen

To learn more, contact Elyse Carroll, BS, RRT, AE-C, Respiratory Disease Manager, at 860.832.6256, or ecarroll@hfsc.org. Fax: 860.832.6286