New ser­vice for COPD pa­tients

Stanstead Journal - - EDITORIAL / LETTERS / COLUMNS / COMMENT - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS has an­nounced a new health ser­vice in the Estrie re­gion for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from a chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD). Thanks to mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, Te­le­soins a domi­cile (TSD) will bring in­for­ma­tion, in­struc­tion and help to those suf­fer­ing from COPD fast, and right to their home, link­ing pa­tients with a team of in­halother­a­pists via the in­ter­net.

The new ser­vice will help pa­tients un­der­stand and man­age their ill­ness bet­ter to help pre­vent the ill­ness from get­ting worse and to main­tain the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble. Us­ing a per­sonal com­puter or a tablet, the pa­tient must fill out a short ques­tion­naire about their health which al­lows the team of in­halother­a­pists to fol­low their sit­u­a­tion from a dis­tance, able to pro­vide help­ful in­for­ma­tion al­most in­stantly when needed. If the pa­tient doesn’t have a tablet or com­puter, one will be leant and de­liv­ered to them, free of charge. The team of spe­cial­ists can also con­tact the pa­tient by phone or text, when needed.

Pre­lim­i­nary eval­u­a­tions of this ser­vice have demon­strated that pa­tients are hos­pi­tal­ized less, visit the emer­gency room less of­ten, and be­come bet­ter at man­ag­ing their ill­ness them­selves.

Any­one suf­fer­ing from COPD is in­vited to reg­is­ter for this free ser­vice. To do so they must talk to their doc­tor or a health care pro­fes­sional. An es­ti­mated 9000 peo­ple on the ter­ri­tory of the CIUSSS-Estrie suf­fer from COPD.

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Ber­trand Lamoureux; France Lam­pron, Guy Hardy;

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