Returning with Care

Considerations for Resuming In-Center
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Services

As shelter-at-home laws are relaxed, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) offers general considerations for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation (CR/PR) programs as they determine when and how to safely resume center-based rehabilitation. AACVPR recommends a collaborative approach involving administration, infection prevention and control (IPC) department, medical director(s), regulatory/legal team and staff in the development, planning, provision of care and continuous monitoring related to reopening. Ongoing adaptation and updating of these plans and methods will be required as more is understood regarding risk reduction and practice in the CR/PR setting. A cautious approach may dictate beginning with a low census to optimize practices. The information below is not meant to be a guideline nor should it supersede a given institution’s policies and local laws and statutes.

Download the Patient Screening Checklist

All patients should be screened for ability to practice appropriate safety precautions, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, etc., and to respond accurately to pre-program screening. Use this checklist to screen patients before returning to in-center care. 

Watch the Town Hall

On May 27 AACVPR leaders hosted a Town Hall to answer questions about the Returning with Care considerations. If you missed it or want to revisit the conversation, watch the recording. Didn't get your question answered? AACVPR members can visit the COVID-19 Conversations discussion forum for more discussion. 

Thank you! 

Thank you to the writing group who volunteered their time and expertise to creating this valuable document. 

Ana Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-C, MAACVPR, AACVPR President
Dean Diersing, MS, RCEP, EP-C, EIM3, CCRP, FAACVPR, AACVPR President-Elect
Kathleen Traynor, RN, MS, FAACVPR, AACVPR Immediate Past President
Gayla Oakley, CCRP, MAACVPR, AACVPR Secretary
Randal Thomas, MD, MS, MAACVPR 
Chris Garvey, FNP, MSN, MPA, MAACVPR
Steven Keteyian, PhD, FAACVPR
Shelley McCabe, CCRP