After a COPD flare-up and lengthy hospital stay, your patient is finally stable enough to go home. The discharge paperwork is done and they are out the door. But only a couple weeks later, on a routine trip to the grocery store, the patient begins wheezing and experiences extreme shortness of breath. Shortly there after, they are back in your emergency department.
Sounds familiar, right?
When it comes to treating COPD patients, identifying and implementing home care strategies could reduce the likeliness of future exacerbations and readmissions. But, it requires that the patient be armed with the tools to succeed. In many cases, that starts with having the right device.
In this article, we break out the four key steps to setting your patients up for success as you transition them to home care.