The goal of HOPE is to identify nebulizer patients who are at risk for low oxygen levels nocturnally leading to hypoxia, heart failure, and accelerated decline of lung function. Early intervention is critical for slowing the decline into later stages of COPD and the related complications that come with it.
Through the early intervention measures of the HOPE program, referring caregivers see a decrease in re-admissions and shortened lengths of stay for those patients who are readmitted.
Upon entry to the HOPE program, each patient receives:
- An on-going clinical evaluation by a Respiratory Therapist
- Overnight pulse oxygen to identify desats <89%
- Repeat overnight at regular intervals if between 89-91%
- Educational review of materials
- Development of an individual patient-specific care plan