New service for COPD patients
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.
Bertrand Lamoureux; France Lampron, Guy Hardy;