Pulmonary Rehabilitation of COPD for Better Health Outcomes


Tammie Fournier, Chair of the Allied Health Department at the New Brunswick Community College, comes on the show today to talk about the Healthy Seniors pilot project: Innovative and community Partnered Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Seniors in New Brunswick.

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Key Takeaways

[:40] Jenna welcomes today’s guest, Tammie Fournier, and asks her to share the inspiration for the Healthy Seniors pilot project she is currently leading.

[3:26] COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Tammie talks about how prevalent this condition actually is and the vast array of issues that stem from this condition as well as the current methods of management for affected people.

[6:47] Tammie touches on the goals of the program and how the environment is structured and how they hope it will improve outlooks for COPD patients.

[8:28] The project is currently targeting around 40 seniors struggling with COPD so that the communal aspect of this group project can be adequately monitored and tested. Tammie touches on her hopes for the future of the program.

[10:32] Tammie breaks down where exactly the five clinics will be located within New Brunswick and how COVID-19 has impacted their plans.

[12:40] Tammie breaks down the measured outcomes of the project and shares some stories of participants. She also shares some of the methodologies used for measuring improvement and some unofficial preliminary results!

[16:50] Blood oxygen levels non-invasively share a wealth of information on lung and heart function.

[18:13] The 74 students that help in the project come from a variety of health fields ranging from respiratory therapy to pharmacy technology and nursing.

[21:18] Tammie shares her hopes for the future of this project.

[24:08] Jenna thanks Tammie for coming on the podcast. Until next time, subscribe, rate, and share!

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Innovative and Community-Partnered Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Seniors in New Brunswick

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