At Lung Health Institute, 86% of our patients travel to reach one of our 5 clinic locations. If you are traveling, here are a few things to keep in mind for your upcoming trip.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before your scheduled appointment date. That way, you can go over any special equipment you may need to bring and any medical concerns you have about staying in an unfamiliar environment.
Traveling with Oxygen
- If you are oxygen dependent, you will need to make arrangements with an airline or your regular oxygen supplier to have enough portable tanks for the whole trip.
- For detailed information on traveling with oxygen, read more here.
Traveling by Plane, Train and Automobile
- If you are traveling by plane, make your flight plans with plenty of time to account for disruptions. Contact your airline at least 2 weeks in advance if you need to make arrangements for using supplemental oxygen during a flight. Have all medications and a list of the prescriptions in your carry-on bag. If you get short of breath while walking long distances, request a wheelchair at the airport to make navigating the terminals easier.
- If you are traveling by train, make similar preparations as you would for a flight.
- If you are traveling by car, make sure the vehicle is fully serviced before the trip. Try to schedule most of the driving during low-traffic times — fumes and car exhaust could irritate your lungs. For additional lung protection, keep the windows closed and air conditioning on to limit exposure to air pollution and allergens.
Final Traveling Checklist
- Bring all daily medications with you, enough to last for the entire trip. Have a supply of as-needed and rescue medications on hand as well, in case of emergency.
- Bring a sweater, blanket, socks or another cozy item in case you get cold. Airport terminals, waiting rooms and hotels can be chilly, and we want you to be warm and comfortable before receiving treatment. In fact, being cold can cause veins to constrict and become more difficult to access during cellular therapy.
- Drink water to stay hydrated before your appointment. Well-hydrated veins will be fuller, and therefore easier to find and use.
- Bring all the equipment you need or may need during your time away from home. This includes portable oxygen tanks, oxygen concentrators, tubing, cannulas, humidifiers, nebulizers and inhalers.
At Lung Health Institute, we know traveling can be stressful. That’s why our dedicated patient coordinators will be on hand to assist you every step of the way. We can help you arrange hotel bookings and car services to make your trip as worry-free as possible.
If you are able, we recommend coming into town the day before treatment. This will reduce anxiety about going straight to the clinic as soon as you arrive. Make task lists, schedule flights and pack early, because the more prepared you feel up front, the less anxious you will feel during the trip.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.