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COPD on the road:
5-Steps to preparing patients for travel 

 

With the right tools and guidance, COPD patients can safely and successfully travel. Discover 5 steps for setting your patients up for success when they’re hitting the road.

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A patient with COPD comes to you with news that she’s taking a family vacation. But, what should be an exciting event is becoming a major pain point as she stresses about managing her COPD with the strain of travel.

 

Managing COPD is an ongoing need for patients, but it shouldn’t restrict them from living their lives. If a patient wants to travel, you can empower them with the tools and knowledge they need for a successful trip. Here are 5 steps for making sure your patients are well prepared to make the most of their travel plans.

1. Determine the mode(s) of transportation

 

One of the biggest factors when traveling with COPD is the mode of transportation, especially for patients who require supplemental oxygen. Once you’ve established how your patient will be traveling, you can educate them on what to expect and how to handle various situations to ensure a smooth journey.

2. Consider any potential risks at the destination


Any time patients are in a different environment, they can be exposed to an array of new triggers that can exacerbate COPD symptoms. It’s important that you talk with your patient to understand the details of their travel plans. Use this discussion to point out potential pitfalls and discuss what can be done preemptively to avoid irritants. 

Consider things such as:

What is the air quality in their destination?
Will there be an increase in elevation?
Is there a larger prominence of smokers?
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