When a patient requires advanced respiratory care, a healthcare provider requests a consultation for telePulmonology. In emergency cases, it may be a nurse or physician in the emergency department, or on the med/surg floors.
Once the consultation is requested by the hospital, the Pulmonology specialist logs on to a videoconference with the patient and the in-person health care team. Family members may also be at the bedside.
The telePulmonology specialist establishes the purpose of the virtual medical consultation, and evaluates the patient, interacting with the care team, the patient, and the family. At the end of the consultation, the specialist provides feedback on follow up care, as well as documents the visit.