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Transitioning from Hospital to Home: Reducing COPD Readmissions 

Maureen Lintner, BSRT, RRT


Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) is a proven method of ventilatory support in the treatment of acute respiratory failure without the need of endotracheal intubation thereby reducing its associated morbidity and mortality. Across the continuum of care, specifically the transition from hospital to home, NPPV has played an important role in decreasing readmissions with COPD patients and improving the quality of life. Advanced technology has allowed patients to be managed successfully at home. Based on work at her hospital along with coordination with home care providers, Ms. Lintner will discuss the development of an evidence-based NPPV program that has proven to reduce COPD readmissions, generate significant cost savings and improve the quality of patient care.


Learning Objectives:

After the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical benefits of NPPV for acute respiratory failure

  2. Discuss the role of NPPV in reducing risks associated with invasive mechanical ventilation.

  3. Assess the added value of NPPV in reducing COPD readmissions. 


Faculty Bio:

Ms. Lintner is currently the Pulmonary Disease Coordinator at South Miami Hospital in Miami FL.  She is also is part of the Lung Health Outpatient Resource Center. In this role, Ms. Lintner manages the pulmonary health of patients transitioning from hospital to home, as well as helping patients manage their disease in their homes. An active member of the AARC, she is  a Pulmonary Disease and COPD educator. Ms. Lintner was a finalist for the AARC’s National Respiratory Patient Advocacy Award. She has presented at several local and national meetings, and has published abstracts in Respiratory Care.

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