BrightStar Clinical Pathways for COPD uses clinically proven methods to educate people with COPD and their families on the key aspects of the condition, how to monitor symptoms, properly use inhalers, improve wellness, and reduce COPD-related readmissions.
The BrightStar RN Clinical Pathways Coordinator and the BrightStar team of condition-trained Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides make sure the:
- Patient clearly understands the plan of care from the physician and the steps needed to take to optimize their wellness
- Family feels confident their loved one can self-manage their condition
- Physician is kept up to date on the patient’s condition and made aware of any circumstances that may require attention
Three key components of BrightStar Clinical Pathways for COPD have been clinically proven independently to reduce readmissions in COPD patients:
- Proper inhaler use
- Smoking cessation
- Staying up to date on flu vaccines
Of those three components, nothing has a bigger impact on reducing negative outcomes than helping a person with COPD learn how to use their inhaler. Individuals with COPD rely on inhalers to deliver medications directly to the lungs. 80% of people with inhalers do not use them properly, and are thus at risk of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions. Patients using multiple inhalers are at highest risk of hospitalization. A key component of BrightStar Clinical Pathways for COPD is to educate the individuals on how to properly use their inhalers. It’s all about having help and peace of mind.
What happens during a BrightStar Clinical Pathways COPD visit? L-U-N-G C-A-R-E!
BrightStar RN Clinical Pathway Coordinator
- Listen to the client’s and family’s concerns
- Understand: Gauge how well the individual and their family are coping with the diagnosis, oxygen therapy
- Nursing Assessment: Perform a focused physical assessment to evaluate respiratory status and oxygenation
- Go over: Physician orders, correct inhaler technique, appointment date and things to bring, and Plan of Care with Client and Family
BrightStar CNAs and HHAs
- Check: Client’s vital signs / pulse oximetry, home safety, and food, medication, and equipment supplies
- Assist: Daily living activities, use of incentive spirometer, oxygen safety
- Review and Reassure: Plan for the day, maintain a helping attitude, remind individual to use pursed lip breathing
- Exit: Complete required paperwork, call the BrightStar RN Clinical Pathways Coordinator with update, and ask if they’ve met all needs
Exclusive BrightStar Clinical Pathways Resources for COPD patients and their families
- Guidebook – Think of this as the story of the condition that the individual, caregiver, physician, and family can reference to track progress.
- Patient and family education material – Informative, illustrated packet provides useful information on how to stay healthy.
- Symptom alert – Easy-to-read reference card helps monitor symptoms:
- Green = I am doing well
- Yellow = I should notify a family member, caregiver, or doctor
- Red = Time to call 911.
- www.CareTogether.com – Free online resource for family caregivers that lets the individual and family coordinate the caregiving schedule and communicate with each other. Links to BrightStar calendar so family knows when and whom will be visiting from BrightStar.
Additional BrightStar Clinical Pathways include: