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‘INSPIRED’ hospital-to-home program empowers patients living with advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - Oct. 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
For Immediate Release

‘INSPIRED’ hospital-to-home program empowers patients living with advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

(Hamilton, ON) - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and fatigue. It can be very debilitating and discouraging for the estimated 1.5 million Canadians who live with it every day.

Because it’s a complicated disease, these patients frequently require care in emergency departments or are admitted to
hospitals for inpatient care. In cases of moderate to severe COPD, their quality of life is often very poor.

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), in partnership with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre (HNHB CCAC) and VitalAire Canada are launching a pilot program designed to provide support to these vulnerable patients. It will help them stabilize their symptoms so they can move successfully from hospital to home, and then remain safely and comfortably at home. The program is called INSPIRED - Implementing Novel and Supportive Programs for Individuals and families living with REspiratory Disease.

“The implementation of the INSPIRED pilot program means patients not only have the resources and assistance of their healthcare team at HHS, but they now have additional supports to set goals of care, discuss advanced care planning, and receive self-management training from our trusted partners,” says Teresa Smith, President, Hamilton General Hospital, the HHS site that will pilot INSPIRED. “All of this will be without leaving the comfort of their own homes.”

HNHB CCAC will assist patients in developing self management coping strategies and helping with advanced care planning . “CCAC Care Coordinators, who are regulated health professionals, will support patients with advanced illness to understand their condition,” says Dilys Haughton, Director, Client Services Operations and Professional Practice for the HNHB CCAC. “They will work with patients prior to leaving hospital, and be a quarterback for their care plan at home.”

VitalAire Canada will not only supply oxygen to at-home patients, the company’s respiratory therapists will offer patients and their caregivers education on respiratory disease. “We are doing this because we believe that people ultimately want to live their lives in their homes,” says Ruth Kruger, VitalAire, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Home Healthcare. “They want to feel safe and empowered to take good care of themselves in their own surroundings and this applies most profoundly to those people who are somewhat vulnerable, who are not feeling their best, who have just spent some time in the hospital.”

The INSPIRED program builds on HHS’s vision of providing the ‘Best Care for All’ by developing partnerships with community healthcare providers. “This integration of resources and expertise will help improve the lives of our patients,” says Smith. “We believe it will also demonstrate the value and importance of creating a seamless experience for all patients.”

The INSPIRED program was first implemented in Halifax by Dr. Graeme Rocker. Within the first six months of program implementation, results showed:

• 62% fewer ER visits
• 64% fewer hospital admissions
• 63% fewer days in hospital

The INSPIRED program in Hamilton has received $50,000 in funding support from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.


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For more information:

Sarah Shields
Public Relations Specialist
Hamilton Health Sciences
905-521-2100 ext. 76088
Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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