Community Respiratory Services (CRS) is a program that supports individuals of all ages in Fraser Health communities to manage their lung health from the comfort of their own homes. The program aims to achieve various goals, including:
- Educating patients on how to manage their symptoms at home
- Providing resources for breathing difficulties management
- Teaching proper use of respiratory medicine
- Increasing their energy levels to perform daily activities
- Recognizing signs of flare-ups
- Developing plans to manage any potential illnesses
The program also provides information on smoking cessation. Overall, the primary objective of CRS is to minimize hospital visits related to breathing problems, enabling individuals to enjoy better health.
Home Oxygen Program
The Home Oxygen Program (HOP) is run by Fraser Health and managed by Community Respiratory Services (CRS).
To get oxygen therapy, a patient needs a referral and a doctor's prescription. An oxygen supplier delivers oxygen to the patient's home, and a respiratory therapist from CRS follows up as needed to check how much oxygen the patient needs. CRS also provides education about how to use oxygen safely.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Respiratory rehabilitation
- Neuromuscular disease
- Smoking cessation counselling
Home health remote monitoring
Home health remote monitoring (HHRM) enables health care providers to monitor a patient's health from a distance by collecting general health information and vital signs, such as blood pressure and blood oxygen levels. This allows health care providers to make necessary changes to a patient's care plan, which can help patients take better care of their health. Additionally, this provides health care providers with important information to improve the care they provide to patients.
CRS has two types of remote monitoring:
Lung health services
Lung health services include lung function testing, lung education and pulmonary rehabilitation.