Conference: 2009 PH Resource Network Symposium
Release Date: 09.24.2009
Presentation Type: Abstracts
Arlene Schiro, RN, ACNS, BC, ACNP; Barbara Cockrill, MD; Aaron Waxman MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
BACKGROUND: The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program is committed to providing comprehensive care through the diagnosis and treatment phase of our patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. The Nurse Practitioner played an integral role in developing a program for providing Right Heart Cathetizations (RHC) within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program. Right Heart Catheterizations are required for the diagnosis of Pulmonary Vascular Disease.
IMPLEMENTATION: Develop a Steering Committee for the RHC Program that would:
IMPLICATIONS OF PROGRAM: Patients have reported increased satisfaction in having a consistent group of caregivers who will support them during the continuum of their disease. It also offers the NP an opportunity to build expertise and implement role expectations.