Did you know that October is Healthy Lung Month? Recognized by the American Lung Association, this is a special time of year when healthcare professionals, patients, and community members can join together to share and learn new information about lung health.
To show our appreciation to the many individuals who work hard to support those living with a chronic lung condition, we wanted to highlight two important events that we can all take part in during October: Case Management Week and Respiratory Care Week.
What Is Case Management Week?
Every year the American Case Management Association (ACMA) recognizes case managers and transition of care professionals all over the country. The goal of this week is to honor their endless dedication in providing quality continuity of care services to patients.
What Do Case Managers Do?
These individuals are responsible for the planning, coordinating, and monitoring of patient care programs—from hospitals to rehabilitation centers to home health settings.
When you are admitted into a hospital, for example, due to a flare up from a chronic lung condition, a case manager is assigned to ensure you follow the best treatment plan as your needs change and you transition to outpatient care.
Case Management Week 2021
Case management week falls on October 10th-16th. According to ACMA, the theme for this year is Case Management: Care, Compassion, and Community.
Want to Get Involved?
You can easily show your appreciation with ACMA’s official toolkit for creative ideas on how to celebrate case managers in your organization, on social media, and around your community. You can also subscribe to their podcast on what’s new in case management today!
What Is Respiratory Care Week?
Respiratory Care Week helps recognize the essential work and dedication of respiratory care professionals around the globe. It presents us with a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible work they do and remind us to help spread awareness about respiratory health to others.
Respiratory Care Week 2021
This year, Respiratory Care Week falls on October 24th-30th. Whether you are a patient or prescriber, there are many ways you, too, can get involved and help say thank you to respiratory therapists serving in your area.
The American Association for Respiratory Care provides a community-based platform and guide for you to tell stories, show gratitude, and find educational tools and graphics to share with those in your community.
Visit their website and remember to follow their hashtag: #RCWEEK21 to stay connected to news and events taking place beginning October 24th of this year. You can also visit the Respiratory Therapy Zone to learn the history of International Respiratory Care Week, including when it started and how it continues to evolve today!
Celebrate Healthy Lung Month with SmartVest
To do our part in helping spread awareness about lung health, we’ve compiled a few resources below for you to read and share with others!
SmartVest Videos and Tutorials
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos on how to use SmartVest in a hospital setting or at home. Be sure to watch our “Ask a Pulmonologist” series for information on bronchiectasis and how to talk to your clinician about starting airway clearance therapy.
Breathing Techniques & Exercises
Did you know that certain breathing techniques can help strengthen the muscles needed for your lungs to function? Read our blog post to learn 3 effective breathing exercises that help address shortness of breath symptoms related to your condition.
Healthy Lung Resources
In addition to breathing techniques, we also publish a large variety of helpful articles for those living with a chronic lung condition. Stay connected to our blog for new studies, healthy living tips, and information about The SmartVest Airway Clearance System.
Chat with a Patient Care Advocate
With so many online resources available, sometimes, you just want to speak with a real person. If you have questions about finding relief from your chronic lung condition, or want to learn more about the benefits of using SmartVest, we invite you to schedule a chat with one of our Patient Care Advocates, who are also Respiratory Therapists!
Or call them directly at 1.855.528.5690
Our team will answer your questions and provide resources and guidance, so you feel confident taking the next step toward breathing easier.
A Special Thank You to Our Respiratory Therapists
At Electromed, we couldn’t be more excited to show our appreciation to the individuals on our team who help patients manage their chronic lung conditions with one-on-one training, guidance, and ongoing support.
In honor of Respiratory Awareness Week, we wanted to take a moment to thank our respiratory therapists for the work they do and the exceptional care they provide each patient.
Here are a few words from SmartVest Users:
“I cannot speak highly enough of the company AND the positive improvement to my health and day to day life. Call them. Their generosity with me moved me to tears. And I am not a crier. So in a nutshell, call them. My life improved significantly with this machine. The SmartVest has kept me out of the hospital as well.” -Pamela
“The person who helped me get set up [with SmartVest] was a Respiratory Therapist. He spent time explaining every facet and setting up a program my doctor had prescribed as to how often and how many times a day to use it. My SmartVest has been a huge factor in staying well. Thanks, SmartVest, for improving my quality of life!” -Joyce
Remember to celebrate respiratory therapists, case managers, or transition of care professionals in your community. If you’re a SmartVest user, we’d love to hear your story and learn how one of our respiratory therapists helped you!