For some people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and chronic bronchitis, breathing cold, dry air can have a drying or irritating effect on the airway causing bronchospasm (contraction of the smooth muscle that surrounds the airway). Bronchospasm decreases the size of the airway, thus makes it more difficult to get the air in and out of the lungs, increasing shortness of breath. The constriction of the airways may reduce the flow of air into and out of your lungs, which adds to the feeling of breathlessness and may even cause wheezing.
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The FAA cleared the air for the Philips Respironics SimplyGo for flight with its passengers who rely on portable oxygen. As of October 31, carriers are allowing passengers to use the SimplyGo system during flights. Not only is this beneficial for anyone who relies on these systems, but the Respironics SimplyGo is also the first approved portable oxygen concentrator allowed for use on commercial flights.
The guidelines are specifically outlined in the FAA’s Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 106, which allows passengers to carry on portable concentrators that meet stringent safety requirements. After careful study, the Philips Respironics SimplyGo portable oxygen concentrator is found to meet all SFAR requirements.
Oxygen concentrators are important to the livelihoods of many people, especially patients who suffer from COPD, asthma and other respiratory diseases. As if October 2012’s Superstorm Sandy didn’t bring enough problems, the catastrophic natural disaster also caused trouble to patients who rely on oxygen therapy. This was evident in states such as New York, where power outages were rampant for several days. One tragic example was reported just one day after the storm struck New York City, when a Manhattan woman was found dead after she ran out of oxygen with her electric concentrator.
Over the past several months, the NHOPA Executive Office has received many inquiries concerning the number of POC batteries that are needed for specific airline travel. For example, one individual was trying to schedule a flight from Fairbanks, Alaska to Atlanta, Georgia to visit close friends. Another individual was planning a business trip from Portland, Oregon to New York City.
From our research on POC batteries, we found that the general rule of thumb is to plan for one and one half -times the length of the flight including layovers. For example, if you book a five hour non-stop flight you will need approximately 7.5 hours of batteries.
Oxygen concentrators are increasingly prevalent in the health and medical market for patients who suffer from a variety of related illnesses, such as COPD, sleep apnea and emphysema. These devices are so crucial to quality of life that any broken pieces or malfunctions must be addressed immediately in order to preserve patient livelihood. American Medical Sales & Rentals is the leading company to provide repair services for the majority of makes and models of concentrators.
When patients suffer from conditions that result in a lack of oxygen, they must obtain oxygen therapy through concentrators. These machines help to deliver oxygen through a mask or a series of tubes, depending on the model of concentrator the patient chooses. Patients breathe easier with oxygen concentrators than on their own because the machines remove nitrogen that exists in the normal air people breathe.
John More our Customer Service Manager had the pleasure of attending the first annual Thomas L. Petty M.D. Western Colorado Lung Health Conference held in Grand Junction, Colorado on September 29, 2012. The participants heard wonderful talks from the following speakers. Louise Nett RN, RRT, FAARC explained why the conference was named after Dr. Petty and explained some of the research Dr. Petty did which helped the medical community to understand the benefits of supplemental oxygen for lung disorder patients.
John Goodman BS, RRT explained the improvements in how oxygen is delivered to patients. John just lost his Mother recently and told a wonderful story about his niece surviving a double lung transplant. Dr. Joel Bechtel did a wonderful speech helping the participants to understand what lung disease is and how they can better live with lung disease. Dr. Bechtel spoke about a trip he made to India and an article he had published with a number of doctors from India for the International Journal of COPD.
Patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) now have a new option in terms of long-term symptom management. On July 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug for COPD called Tudorza Pressair. Also known in the medical community as aclidinium bromide, it is made by Forest Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis, Missouri. This medication is designed to improve airflow to enhance your overall quality of life.
One of the main complications of COPD is bronchospasm, which causes constriction within the airways of the lungs. The goal of Tudorza Pressair is to relax airway muscles to reduce constriction. Patients who take this medication may be able to breathe easier because their airways will function better.
Run the Rocks is a 5K run/walk challenge sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in association with American Lung Association in Colorado. It is a fundraiser to prevent lung disease and promote lung health in all its forms.
The race is on October 14th, 2012 at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The course traces the roads and parking lots around Red Rocks and finishes with a climb up the stairs. Some of Denver’s finest bands will be playing along the way.
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The American Lung Association held its annual fundraising event, the Fight for Air Climb, at Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado on February 26, 2012. Republic Plaza, the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain west, was the host of the event, which focuses on bringing awareness to the prevention of lung disease and promoting lung health.
The ALA anticipated 2,400 Coloradans would climb the stairs at Republic Plaza and had hoped to raise $500,000 for their programs and services. Both individuals and teams took part in the event and all climbers pledged the minimum $65.00 to participate.
Climbers hit the stairs every 8 seconds and ascended 1,098 steps to reach the top of 56 floors. Once participants reached the top of the Republic, they took the elevator down to the lobby, where they were greeted with food, fun and interactive booths. Prizes were also awarded in a variety of categories, including fastest climbers, highest fundraisers, and best costume.
With team names such as “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Lung” and “Love You Lung Time,” our own American Medical Sales and Repair team, lead by Nick Vannatta came in 86th overall for time. “After 5 minutes of climbing,” said Nick, “my lungs were burning and I really felt that I understood what our COPD patients must go through every day.”
The American Lung Association raised $369,073.00 from this event and reached almost 74% of its original goal.