ACCESSING PULMONARY REHABILITATION

Pulmonary rehabilitation is organised differently across many parts of the world. It is therefore important to speak with a healthcare professional in your hospital or community to learn about the situation that applies to your area. Physiotherapists, doctors and respiratory nurses are typically well placed to help you. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is appropriate for people with mild, moderate and severe COPD as well as those who require oxygen therapy and those who may still smoke. Some programs may have slightly different criteria and processes for referral, but these will be discussed with you if relevant. If you do not yet have a confirmed diagnosis of COPD (via spirometry) or are not yet taking inhaled therapies, a medical review may be recommended first.

Pulmonary rehabilitation program locations

To find a pulmonary rehabilitation program near you, click on your country below (which will redirect you to an external site):

Know of other pulmonary rehabilitation service locators? Let the Lung Flare Care team know by completing this short form.

Driving safely with oxygen

Portable oxygen equipment enables you to leave your home and participate in outside activities. When driving, it is imperative that the oxygen cylinder is:

  1. Carted upright and not laid in the car boot to prevent leaks, damage to safety or internal features;
  2. Securely fastened to prevent damage to the device or injury of any passengers in the case of sudden movement or accident. Oxygen cylinder holders for personal vehicles can be purchased.

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