LEVIN FAMILY HEALTH - Open 1st August 2023

Respiratory Support

Respiratory support plays a vital role in managing chronic respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, and other chronic respiratory conditions.

  1. Inhalers and Medications: Inhalers are commonly prescribed in the management of COPD, asthma, and other chronic respiratory conditions. They deliver bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory medications directly to the lungs, providing relief from symptoms and improving lung function.

  2. Oxygen Therapy: For individuals with severe respiratory conditions, oxygen therapy can be essential. It involves providing supplemental oxygen through nasal cannulas or masks, improving oxygenation and alleviating symptoms of breathlessness.

  3. Breathing Exercises and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Respiratory support often includes pulmonary rehabilitation programs that incorporate breathing exercises, physical activities, and education. These programs aim to improve lung function, reduce breathlessness, and enhance overall physical fitness.

  4. Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV): NIV is a form of respiratory support that involves delivering air or oxygen through a mask or nasal interface. It assists with breathing, relieves respiratory distress, and can be beneficial during exacerbations or acute episodes.

  5. Lifestyle Modifications: Respiratory support for chronic respiratory conditions includes counseling and guidance on lifestyle modifications. This may involve smoking cessation, weight management, avoiding triggers, and adopting a healthy diet to optimize lung health.

  6. Education and Self-Management: Respiratory support includes patient education on disease management, proper inhaler technique, recognizing exacerbation symptoms, and the importance of adherence to medications. Empowering individuals with self-management skills improves their ability to manage their condition effectively.

Respiratory support is crucial in the management of chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD, asthma, and other chronic respiratory conditions. It encompasses various interventions, including inhalers, oxygen therapy, breathing exercises, pulmonary rehabilitation, NIV, lifestyle modifications, and education. Implementing comprehensive respiratory support strategies improves symptom control, enhances quality of life, and reduces hospitalizations for individuals living with these chronic respiratory conditions.

Additionally, our clinic offers support for these patients including monitoring and adjusting medication, providing education on self-management and identifying and addressing any triggers that may worsen symptoms. We also provide support for patients who smoke or have recently quit smoking, including nicotine replacement therapy and counselling. Overall, our goal is to help our patients manage their respiratory health effectively and improve their quality of life.