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3 ways to partner with your DME to take pressure off your care team

 

As pressure mounts on your care team, it’s critical to find outside resources you can lean on. Discover how DMEs can alleviate pressure and boost quality care.

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Because of the multitude of care settings, stakeholders, and comorbidities, managing COPD care can feel as complicated as living with it. As care teams are facing increasing demand to raise their own effectiveness and preempt COPD readmissions, who can they turn to when the demand is too great?

 

One resource that often goes overlooked is durable medical equipment (DME) providers. Too often, DMEs are thought of as transactional vendors who simply provide equipment. However, they are capable of providing much more value to support care delivery in meaningful ways.

 

Read on to discover 3 ways you can partner with your DME to take mounting pressure off of your care team.

Contributors

Krystal Craddock

Krystal Craddock, BSRC, RRT-NPS, AEC

COPD Case Manager

Department of Respiratory Care at UC Davis Medical Center

Following up with both patients and care team members can help:

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RTs and nurses provide more targeted interventions when visiting with patients5
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Create valuable knowledge transfers to ensure patients are set up for sustainable success7
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Reduce COPD readmissions by ensuring patients are healthy at home6,8

Ask your DMEs to focus on these follow-up questions for vital information6,9:

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  • How is your device fitting into your lifestyle?
  • Are you using it as directed?
  • How much do you feel it’s helping?
  • Are any challenges getting in the way?
  • Have these challenges caused you to use your device less?
  • What more do you need to help you stick to your treatment plan?

Enhancing care through partnership

 

It takes every member of the care team to ensure quality care throughout the patient journey. But even a full care team can get stretched thin.

 

That’s why partnering with outside resources like DMEs can greatly decrease the pressure your team faces each day. Engaging them to help with key responsibilities can take your quality and efficiency of care from good to great.

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