When the news wanted to know how to travel with a lung condition, they turned to Barbara Deluca, Respiratory Care Therapist at Nathan Littauer Hospital. She helped create a program at Littauer called, ” Taking your lungs on vacation”.
Consider this: many people with a lung condition like asthma or COPD, opt to stay home because of their apprehension to travel. If Nathan Littauer Respiratory Therapists have their way, more people with lung conditions will join the ranks of those taking an old fashioned summer vacation. Nathan Littauer is offering some advice and some practical tips for people with lung disease planning on traveling this summer.
“Getting ready to go on vacation is always a lot of work, but if you have breathing problems that require you to be on oxygen, an inhaler or a nebulizer, planning for a trip can sometimes seem overwhelming.” stated Barbara Deluca, Respiratory Care Therapist at Nathan Littauer Hospital.
It doesn’t have to be that way say respiratory therapists from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Ms. Deluca adds, “I want people to know that their lung disease should not hinder them from enjoying life. They just need to plan ahead.”
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She concludes, “What is important is to have a good quality of life and if you want to travel we can help you get there.”
* Information provided by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you can get more information by visiting: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org. To learn more about lung health, visit the American Association for Respiratory Care’s patient education website at www.YourLungHealth.org.
Respiratory therapists are specially trained health care professionals who assist physicians in treating and managing respiratory patients in hospitals, outpatient centers, physicians’ offices, skilled nursing facilities, and patients’ homes.
The American Association for Respiratory Care is a professional membership organization of respiratory therapists dedicated to respiratory therapy education and research. Among its goals are to advocate on behalf of pulmonary patients for appropriate access to respiratory services provided by qualified professionals and to benefit respiratory health care providers.