Three Phases of Treatment
The outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program at Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center is generally a three-phase treatment process.
Phase I: This phase begins while you are in the hospital. A pulmonary rehabilitation staff member will be part of your in-hospital care team. This team member will teach you and your family about your condition, your heart and how to make the best food choices. Phase I may also include light exercise and walking.
Phase II: This is a 10- to 12-week outpatient therapy program offered at the Medical Office Building of Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center. At the beginning of the program, you will be asked to complete a six-minute walk test. This test provides a starting point to determine your beginning exercise prescription.
Patients attend rehabilitation two days each week. During rehabilitation sessions, your heart rate and oxygen saturation (level) will be monitored while you exercise.
At your last therapy session, you will have another walk test. This test will measure your improvement. In addition, a staff member will give your post-rehabilitation exercise recommendations.
Phase III: This is a voluntary lung health maintenance program. It is not covered by insurance. Phase III is designed to help you become more independent and responsible for your own exercise program. It offers moderate monitoring and help from medical professionals.
To learn more about our outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program at Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center or to schedule an appointment, call 706-509-3590 or email us.