Pulmonary Rehabilitation consists of two possible phases: Phase II and Phase III. Both phases are outpatient programs.
Phase II Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an outpatient program focusing on exercise and education. The goal of Phase II is to gradually increase muscle strength and endurance, thereby increasing the capacity to carry out normal daily activities.
Patients in Phase II meet twice a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes. During these sessions, an exercise physiologist and a respiratory therapist will guide patients through an exercise routine designed specifically for each individual’s needs and abilities. Vital signs and oxygen levels are closely monitored during each activity.
Educational information such as breathing retraining and techniques to reduce shortness of breath are also be provided during these sessions. Phase II may last up to 9 weeks, depending on individual patient needs.
Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an outpatient exercise maintenance program geared toward maintaining the level of endurance and fitness acquired in Phase II.
Patients in Phase III also meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes each day.