In 2017, the European Lung Foundation has further investigated the needs and issues faced by people with lung conditions, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders, and organised a symposium on the topic at the ERS International Congress in Milan.
The session was aimed at:
- providing a better understanding of patient perspectives and their needs when travelling with a lung condition by air;
- describing the barriers to air travel from the perspective of an airline; explore clinical considerations in the assessment of fitness to fly for people with lung conditions;
- providing a better understanding of how to improve levels of quality of care for people with lung conditions planning to travel by air.
The session was chaired by Dan Smyth (former ELF Chair) and Dr Karl Sylvester (Cambridge University Hospitals).
Presentations and speakers
- Challenges to travelling with a lung condition: a patient perspective, Dr M. Rutter (Cambridge, UK)
- Airline policies for using oxygen on a flight, R. Castiglioni (Accessible transport adviser and editor-in-chief of Reduced Mobility Rights, UK)
- Managing hypoxia and assessments of respiratory patients, Dr R. Coker (Imperial College London, UK)
- Improving the air travel experience for patients who require oxygen, A. Webb (EIGA - European Industrial Gases Association, Belgium)
Videos of the symposium are now available online, and can be watched at the links above.
If you are interested in getting involved in the project please email Irene Ferrario.