Breathe NIOV in Use for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Deborah is proud to be the first hospital in South Jersey to implement the Breathe Non-Invasive Open Ventilation (NIOV™) System in its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department.
The Breathe NIOV System is designed to ventilate patients with respiratory insufficiency for increased mobility and ambulation. The NIOV System is a wearable, small, one-pound, battery-powered volume augmentation ventilator delivering both ventilation and supplemental oxygen, which works with a patient’s spontaneous breathing via a small, non-invasive open nasal pillows interface. During Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Deborah’s therapists, under the direction of John Hill, RRT, Director Respiratory Services, guide the patient’s volume delivery settings and choose from three activity levels. Research has shown that COPD patients using the Breathe NIOV System experience significantly improved performance in the standard six-minute walk test (6MWT) with lower dyspnea scores and reduced work of breathing.
The Breathe NIOV System is of particular benefit for South Jersey lung transplant recipients who can now conduct their pre and post-surgery rehabilitation closer to home at Deborah.
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine provides the highest quality of specialized care for patients with all types of lung disease.
Our goal is to provide personal care to every patient in a friendly, timely and accessible manner. The Pulmonary Medicine Department consists of specialists who care for both inpatients and outpatients with a variety of lung conditions.
You can take comfort in knowing that both your lung condition and your medical concerns will be addressed by one of our highly trained pulmonologists. For more information about services provided by the Pulmonary Medicine Department, please call (609) 893-1200 extension 5708.
Pulmonary Inpatient Services
Pulmonary patients admitted to Deborah Heart and Lung Center receive exceptional care from experienced and caring staff. Our nurse-to-patient ratios are much lower than area hospitals, providing time for individual care and patient education. Patient satisfaction surveys are frequently returned with comments about the excellent and courteous care received from nurses, nursing assistants, physicians, therapists and technicians during stays at Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
At Deborah, healthcare is still about caring. Direct admissions are typically scheduled through our Patient Access department following telephone contact with referring physicians or after outpatient visits.
Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and psychosocial support for persons with chronic lung disease.
Deborah’s Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program relies on a team of respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists working under the medical direction of Marivi Ora, M.D. and Technical Director John Hill, RRT. Each patient receives a specially-designed personal plan that includes a combination of education, training, and exercises which the patient performs—with or without oxygen—under the supervision of a personal training team, two to three times a week for two to three months.
Patients can be referred to the program by a physician or by self referral. All patients will be scheduled for an appointment prior to initiating a care plan by the Medical Director of the program.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is designed for individuals who have:
• Lung Disease Asthma, COPD, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis
• Shortness of Breath
• Pulmonary Hypertension
• Restrictive Lung Disease (Sjogren's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asbestosis)
• Trauma-Related Injury to the Lungs
• Sarcoidosis, Bronchiectasis
• Lung Cancer
• Sleep Apnea
• Pulmonary Fibrosis
• Cystic Fibrosis
• After lung surgery
• Potential transplant candidates
• Post-transplant candidates
Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Shortness of breath limits activities of people with lung disease. Pulmonary Rehab helps improve the health of people living with a chronic lung disease.
• Improved ability to perform daily activities
• Increased knowledge of lung disease and how to manage symptoms
• Increased self-esteem and confidence
• Improved adherence to healthy-lifestyle choices
• Reduced anxiety
More than 35 million Americans live with chronic lung disease. Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s comprehensive Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help patients who struggle with these challenging diseases do what others take for granted…breathe freely.
Our Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers customized plans to meet your individual needs with information, therapies and strategies that can help you breathe easier, allowing you to be more active and independent.