In the framework of the World COPD Day, VitalAire has developed a workshop at the Lorenzo Guirao Hospital in Cieza (Murcia) in which twelve patients have benefited.
Important professionals from the medical sector have supported this workshop in which participation and learning on the part of patients has been key.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 2 million people in Spain and is characterized by difficulty in passing air due to inflammation inside the bronchi
VitalAire, specific activity of domiciliary respiratory therapies of Air Liquide Healthcare, carried out last Wednesday a workshop in the Vega Lorenzo Guirao Hospital in Cieza, belonging to the Murcian Health Service, on the occasion of the World COPD Day and as part of its commitment to improving the quality of life of patients with chronic respiratory diseases.
The hospital's managing director, Carlos Arenas, was in charge of opening the workshop, along with the director of the Air Liquide delegation in the Murcia region, Manuel Astorga.
In addition, other important members of the hospital community attended, such as José María Almela, medical deputy director, Carlos Peña Laguna, director of nursing, and Alicia Martínez, deputy director of nursing.
On behalf of Air Liquide attended the assistance responsible for the consultation of Cieza, Dolores Lopez and the organizer of the day and local care manager, Francesco Gigliarano.
This workshop has been developed in one of the "Inspira Points" of Vitalaire located in the Lorenzo Guirao Hospital.
Twelve oxygen therapy patients participated with their families in a day that was divided into two parts: a first, more theoretical, where the pulmonologist María Gómez Peñas gave a training on the pathology of COPD, emphasizing the importance of exercising for an improvement of the patient's physical and mental health.
In the second part of the session, given by Dolores López, patients had the opportunity to learn and perform physical exercises to facilitate the activities of daily life.
In addition, advice was given to patients on routines for day to day, with the aim of acquiring knowledge and skills that make them active participants in the care of their disease.
During the course of the workshop, patients were able to exchange their experiences and the uncertainties caused by this pathology.
In the words of David Rudilla, Psychologist and Patient Responsible of VitalAire "thanks to Inspira Points we can approach patients and show our full commitment to their illness." This type of workshops allow us to offer a useful informative service and follow up on the Chronic respiratory patients Being able to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of patients is our way of materializing our commitment as a company ".
The "Inspira Points" are assistance spaces focused on the attention and improvement of the quality of life of patients with respiratory ailments by specialized health personnel.
The company currently has more than 80 points distributed throughout the country, where patients can consult everything related to their respiratory diseases in person and in person.
Air Liquide Healthcare
It supplies medical gases, home health care, hygiene products, galenic ingredients and medical equipment.
In 2016, it supplied more than 15,000 hospitals and served more than 1.4 million home patients worldwide.
The business of Air Liquide Healthcare obtained revenues of 3,111 million euros in 2016, with the support of its 15,000 employees.
The activity of Home Healthcare
Air Liquide, European leader in home health care, provides home health care in collaboration with medical prescriptions to patients suffering from chronic diseases such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Sleep Apnea or Diabetes.
These home health care services have been developed as a continuation of health care in the hospital, allowing patients to enjoy a better quality of life at home and making it easier for authorities to reduce costs.
Home Healthcare represents 50% of Air Liquide Healthcare's revenues in 2016.
The activity of Medical Gases
Air Liquide, a leading provider of medical oxygen in Europe, supplies hospitals and clinics around the world.
Nowadays, medicinal gases are used in emergency services, operating theaters, in intensive care units and in hospital services such as pulmonology or cardiology.
Medical Gases represents 30% of Air Liquide Healthcare's revenues in 2016.