BREATHE EASY

Respiratory Solutions, Inc

A Disease Management Company specializing in Transition Care




1619 Elm Hill Pike, Suite D
Nashville, TN 37210
P: 615.360.2333
F: 615.360.2999

Mission Statement

Because of the potential to improve and save lives, Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions, Inc. has developed a holistic disease management program for treating respiratory patients. Our licensed respiratory therapists evaluate the patient either before hospital discharge or at home to encourage compliance and discourage readmissions. The therapists has personal contact with the patient and caregiver to provide disease management education as well as support and guidance. They remind the patients of doctor's appointments, review their medication and proper administration, work with dietary needs and nutrition, a simple but effective exercise routine and smoking cessation. They report outcomes to referring physician or facility.

OUR EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT THIS PROGRAM CAN SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE 30 DAY HOSPITAL READMISSIONS WITH THE ADDED BENEFIT OF REDUCING LENGTH OF STAY, HOSPITAL PENALTIES AND FINES.

Simple & Streamlined

Execution of the Breathe Easy treatment is very simple and streamlined for the physicians and facility staff. One call and our RT will go to the facility or home, evaluate the patient, complete the necessary forms, get insurance approval, and implement the patient's prescribed individualized plan of care.

We can be integrated as part of your transition care team, working with patients at the hospital, post-acute care facility, and in the home post-discharge.

Options For Facilities

Transition Care

Our RT’s can be integrated with your transition care team, working with patients at the hospital, post-acute care facility, and in the home post-discharge. BERS has developed a holistic disease management program for treating respiratory patients. We visit patients regularly to encourage compliance, offer support, remind them of doctor’s appointments, review medication, nutrition, and establish a simple but effective exercise routine.

Physician Oversight

Our programis carried out under the direction of a licensed pulmonologist who has advised us and signed off on policies that are based on AARC guidelines and best evidence based practices in respiratory care.

Reduce Readmissions and hospital fines

RT monitoring continues for as long as the patient is enrolled in our program. Our RT’s are available 24/7 for any patient calls and needs. Evidence shows that our program has significantly reduced 30 day readmissions and length of stay with the added benefit of reducing hospital fines and penalties.

RECENT DATA SHOWS THAT WE CAN SUBSTANTIALLY Reduce 30 day hospital readmissions AND LENGTH OF STAY

OPTIONS FOR PATIENTS

1) The primary machine that has been used in both hospitals and home for complex respiratory treatment is BiPAP. BiPAP provides inspiratory and expiratory pressures to assist with respiratory needs. It works effectively in hospitals where CO2/O2 levels can be monitored and can be safely used in the home to assist with hypercapnia.

2) The non-invasive ventilation (NIV) technology uses a targeted pressure support volume, which is maintained as the patient’s needs vary, compensating for variables such as asthma, congestion, sleep position, etc. It also records usage and compensates for mask leakage. NIV has been shown to substantially reduce readmissions for chronic respiratory failure patients.

3) Invasive ventilation is an option to assist with patients who are slow to wean and need to be home with their family. Our respiratory therapists begin ventilator and trach care training with patients/caregivers at least 3 days prior to discharge home to ensure a smooth transition and best outcomes.

Patient/Caregiver Information

Living with COPD

Although COPD is a serious progressive illness, it can be controlled. By improving your health habits, proper use of medications, and making environmental changes your quality of life can improve.

What is COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, better known as COPD, is the inability to move bad air out of the lungs.

What is CHRONIC BRONCHITIS

Chronic bronchitis is the swelling and irritability of the bronchi and/or bronchioles. The results are increased phlegm and mucus production. The swelling and increased mucus production decreases the amount of air moving in and out of the lungs.

What is Emphysema

Emphysema involves the air sacs or alveoli in the lungs to lose their shape and elasticity. While breathing in, the alveoli expand, but may not return to their normal size and shape, making it difficult to push bad air out.

WHAT IS CHRONIC RESPIRATORY FAILURE

Respiratory failure, also called respiratory acidosis or ventilator failure, is caused by the lungs inability to remove enough carbon dioxide, making the body acidic.

TREATMENT OF COPD

COPD treatment varies from patient to patient. Most importantly, you must stop smoking. (if currently smoking) The most common treatment is inhaled respiratory medication. Regular and proper use of inhaled medication reduces symptoms.

QUIT SMOKING

If you are currently smoking, quit now. It is the best thing you can do to help improve your quality of life living with COPD. Talk to your doctor.

VACCINATIONS

Flu shots should be given in September or early Oct. Pneumonia vaccines should be given every 5 to 7 years. Stay away from people suffering with a cold or the flu. Wash hands correctly and often or use antibacterial hand gel often.

MEDICATION ADHERENCE

Recent studies show that 85% of people using inhaled respiratory medications are using them incorrectly. Patients using inhaled medication incorrectly are getting all of the side effects with little benefits.

MEDICATIONS USED TO TREAT COPD

The medications used to treat COPD are Anticholinergics, Beta2-Agonists, Beta@Antagonists, Expectorants, Anti-inflammatories, Antibiotics, Bronchodialators.

COMMONLY USED ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES

The most commonly used anti-inflammatories are: Fluticasone (Flovent), Budesonide (Pulmicort), Flunisolide (Aerobid), Beclomethasone (Qvar), Mometasone (Asmanex).

COMMONLY USED MEDICATIONS

Albuterol & Ipratropium (Combivent, Duoneb), Salmeterol & Flucticasone (Advair) and Budesonide & Formoterol (Symbicort).

NUTRITION

Good nutrition is key when living with COPD. Patients that maintain a healthy weight are less likely to experience additional complications from their COPD.

KEYS TO GOOD NUTRITION

Maintaning good nutrition helps to fight infections. Drinking plenty of fluid, including foods high in fiber and controlling salt intakes are some of the keys to a good nutrition.

PURSED-LIP BREATHING

Put one hand on your chest and one on the stomach. Breathe in slowly through your nose. You should feel the hand on the stomach move outward. Your chest should not move. Breathe out slowly through pursed lips. The hand on your stomach should move inward.

RESCUE BREATHING POSITIONS

Stand bent slightly forward at the waist, resting your hands on a table. Perform pursed lip breathing, or stand with your rear resting on a wall. Place your hands on your knees and perform pursed lip breathing.

SAVING ENERGY

There are many ways to conserve your energy. Some examples are: preparing multiple meals at one time, after showering, put on a robe to help dry yourself. Also, place needed items nearby, and sit down on a stool when taking a shower, brushing your teeths, putting on makeup…

EXERCISE

Consult your doctor prior to beginning any exercise routine. Prepare for exercising, use your bronchodilators before getting started. This will make it easier on you.

PREVENTING PROBLEMS

Know and avoid things that make your COPD worse, like cigarettte smoke, perfumes, cleaning products, dust paint or varnish, roaches, aerosol sprays and powders.

WHEN TO CALL 911

If you experience symptoms like difficulty breathing which is not helped by medication, loud sudden onset of wheezing, chest pain and shortness of breath at rest, you should call 911 immediately.

UNDERSTANDING COPD

Our goal is to help you understand COPD. In understanding COPD, you should be able to achieve a better quality of life.

Our Team

We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

E. Douglas Grindstaff

E. Douglas Grindstaff

Chairman and CEO
Rose Miller Grindstaff

Rose Miller Grindstaff

Chief Operating Officer
Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT

Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT

Director of Business Development
Dawn Fritsch, RRT

Dawn Fritsch, RRT

Director of Operations
E. Douglas Grindstaff

E. Douglas Grindstaff

Chairman and CEO
Rose Miller Grindstaff

Rose Miller Grindstaff

Chief Operating Officer
Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT

Jim Eddins, RRT, RPFT

Director of Business Development
Dawn Fritsch, RRT

Dawn Fritsch, RRT

Director of Operations

Testimonials

(Harold T; Patient)

It made a huge difference

“I wanted to let you know I have had two nights where I slept all night long and two nights with only one bathroom break. I feel so much better… yesterday got all dressed up and went out to eat and rode around…was up all day two days in a row…..Thank you for changing the mask out i think that made a huge difference.”

(Harold T; Patient)
(Pamela S; Patient)

Thank you again

“I haven’t woke up in a panic. You have been to my house twice now and always take your time with me and answer any questions I have and make sure i understand. You never get in a hurry and make me feel special..that my sickness matters…thank you again and I hope you have a great week”

(Pamela S; Patient)
(Dr. R.; Physician)

Community Service

“I see what you are doing as a community service, not sales of a product”

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(Dr. D.; Physician)

State of the art

“If our hospital doesn’t offer this technology, we have no right to say we are state-of-the-art!”

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Careers

Thank you for your interest in working with Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions. In order to be considered for any positions, you will need to submit your resume to us using the form below.

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Our ventilation technology uses a targeted preset pressure volume, compensating for variables such as asthma, congestion, sleep positions, etc.