An interactive audio-visual online inhaler training is now available free for Asthma and COPD patients in English and Spanish.
Each year, millions of travelers fly on commercial airlines in the United States and around the globe. As air travel has become more affordable, it has also become more accessible for people with serious medical conditions—including lung disease. This section contains the concentrators that have been approved by the Department of Transportation, how traveling with oxygen can be accomplished comfortably and safely and more.
Competitive Bidding requires suppliers of durable medical equipment, including oxygen, to be awarded contracts by Medicare in order to continue providing certain equipment. Not all suppliers were awarded contracts. This caused some Alphas to have to change companies. If more than one type of equipment is being used, some Alphas even have to choose multiple companies. This has caused unnecessary confusion and anxiety for those with Alpha-1 over how they should receive supplies and maintenance of their oxygen equipment.
Oxygen Travel Fund
The Alpha-1 Association has an Oxygen Travel Fund that provides oxygen and equipment for Alphas in financial need to travel to their physicians, hospitals and to Alpha-1 educational events. To learn more about how to apply for support from this fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877.346-3212. A minimum of 30 days notice is needed to arrange travel with supplemental oxygen utilizing this program. This fund was made possible by the generosity of CSL Behring and Grifols.
Created by Dr. Peter Wilson, this website contains descriptions of all types of portable oxygen systems, traveling with oxygen, safety, as well as a Q&A section.
Companies that Provide Oxygen Therapy
The AARC has great educational resource called "A Patient's Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery" to help our respiratory patients understand today's confusing world of aerosol drug delivery. The growing number of aerosol medications and devices coming to market over the past few years has been great for offering various methods of delivering aerosols, but it has also added layers of complexity to educating patients on how to take these medications. As respiratory care professionals, it is vitally important we help our patients learn everything about using their aerosol devices effectively so they can keep their symptoms under control and breathe easier. This guide, recommended by respiratory care professionals and patients alike, offers clear and simple tips for respiratory patients, as well as provides several diagrams showing how to take aerosol medications correctly.