"How I Do It: Nurse Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities for Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction with Endobronchial Valves".

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) may cause profound dyspnea, functional impairment, and reduced quality of life. Available pharmacologic therapy provides suboptimal symptom improvement in many patients. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR), achieved with endobronchial valve (EBV) placement, can effectively improve dyspnea and functional status in appropriately selected patients. Operationalizing a safe and effective BLVR program requires appropriate oversight which can be achieved by a BLVR Nurse Coordinator (NC). By identifying and developing screening practices, coordinating multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation, and establishing safe efficient patient flow throughout the entire care process, a BLVR NC can optimize patient care, safety, experience, efficiency, and overall outcomes. This manuscript details the role of our NC to facilitate extrapolation to other institutions.


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