John More gave a presentation on the benefits of using portable oxygen concentrators to a support group for patients who suffer from IPC (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) at National Jewish. He took the time to explain the differences between units, and how each unit has its own specialties. He really made sure that the patients understood the differences in technologies such as what the true differences were between pulse flow and continuous flow to ensure they understood their own oxygen needs.
While some patients had heard of, or were currently using POCs, others had only recently been diagnosed and where learning about what their true options were for the very first time.
This was very hard on some people but John and the wonderful nurse, Carol Bair, really made sure to emphasize how POCs can greatly enhance quality of life as well as help individuals remain active. I believe that the patients who attended the group walked away with a far better notion of what options they have in order to remain active and happy.
Here are resources for more information on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis:
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is to serve as the trusted resource for the pulmonary fibrosis (PF) community by raising awareness, providing disease education, and funding research.
Information on Pulmonary Fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis involves scarring in the lungs. When tissue deep within the lungs develops scarring, and becomes thick and stiff, the body is unable to take in air properly.