Respironics vacations with respiratory patients

Sunday, September 14, 2008

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Participants in the "Smooth Sailing Annual Cruise for Respiratory Patients" flew across the country Sept. 13 with a little help from Respironics.

Repironics donated its EverGo portable oxygen concentrators to the American Respiratory Alliance of Western Pennsylvania, organizers of the cruise, so patients could use them on their flights from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Seattle, where they set sail on a nine-day Alaskan cruise.

In the past, patients relied on ground transportation, which limited their cruises to nearby destinations.

"The participants in this event represent the extent to which oxygen users across the country are gaining more freedom to travel far from home and participate in the activities that matter most to them and their families," stated Kim Snyder, U.S. marketing manager, home respiratory care, Philips Respironics, in a release.

In 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a rule that allows passengers to travel with portable oxygen concentrators during all phases of flight, including take-off and landing.

The cruise includes tailored activities and services for respiratory patients, including classes on COPD.