A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators
Organization: American Association for Respiratory Care
Start Date: 12/2013
End Date: Ongoing
Primary Goal: Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
- Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
- Increase the effectiveness and variety of outreach communication campaigns and activities that utilize evidence-based approaches to raise awareness of COPD, particularly among those at high risk, and help people diagnosed with COPD manage the disease
- Develop a unified, multidisciplinary educational curriculum for health care professionals, including primary health care providers, using harmonized clinical practice guidelines
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Patient education, Material or product, Training
Activity DescriptionThis is an educational guide targeted for patients (COPD) prescribed on home oxygen. It empowers patients to self-advocate for themselves by teaching them about what an oxygen concentrator is, how it works, and the differences in technology between brands. Through this knowledge, patients will have a better understanding of what questions to ask of their physician and home health professional as it relates to the type of device they are prescribed for.
General Audience: Patients, Caregivers or family members, Health professionals
Focused Audience: Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Caucasian/White, Men, Women
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Urban, Suburban, Rural
Cost and Funding SourcesStaffing and operational resources = $10,000
Impact AnalysisEstimated downloads = ~ 30,000
Advice or Lessons LearnedEstablish a plan for continual updating as technology with equipment is ever-changing.
American Association for Respiratory Care
Chief Operating Officer