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Pulmonary Fibrosis – The Basics
What does a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis mean for you? What can you expect? These resources introduce pulmonary fibrosis.
What is interstitial lung disease?
John Hopkins website has educational information.
What is IPF?
Learn about IPF from a conversation between a person living with IPF, a caregiver, a pulmonologist and a clinical educator.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Journey
Kim Fredrickson describes her day-to-day life with pulmonary fibrosis. This is a great read for patients and caregivers looking for ways to cope with pulmonary fibrosis.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Accurate diagnosis and the best available healthcare are especially critical to your health and quality of life.
Newly Diagnosed? Do This First
A PF Warriors blog recommends the first steps a newly diagnosed patient should take.
Find a Care Center Network
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation lists sites in the United States that meet its requirements in diagnosing and treating pulmonary fibrosis, also known as centers of excellence.
How is Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnosed?
The American Lung Associates explains how pulmonary fibrosis is diagnosed and explains the tests that you may undergo.
Participating in Clinical Trials
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation introduces how clinical trials work and how pulmonary fibrosis patients may participate.
Help with Drug Costs
Find grants that provide financial assistance for expensive drugs.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Medications
The American Lung Association presents the US FDA approved medications available for pulmonary fibrosis.
Centers of Excellence
These centers of excellence listed by the ILD Collaborative provide state-of-the-art treatment by ILD specialists.
Find a Clinical Trial
The US Government provides a way to search for clinical trials around the world.
Pulmonary Function Tests
An explanation of the pulmonary function tests and the different measurements that can be taken, from Johns Hopkins.
Managing Side Effects of OFEV
PF Warriors’ best tips for managing the common side effects while taking OFEV.
Oxygen is vital to life, health, and organ function. At some point, nearly every pulmonary fibrosis patient uses supplemental oxygen to maintain health.
Why Did My Provider Prescribe Supplemental Oxygen?
This 6-page brochure answers basic questions about oxygen prescriptions.
Pulse Oximeters and Oxygen Concentrators
The US FDA explains oxygen concentrators and pulse oximeters used at home.
Pulse Oximeter Accuracy and Limitation: FDA Safety Communication
The US FDA bulletin addresses concerns about oximeter accuracy for people with dark skin.
Getting Started with Oxygen Therapy
This 2-page summary tells what to do when you get an at-home oxygen concentrator.
Getting Started with a Home Oxygen Concentrator
This short video explains the basics of using and caring for a home oxygen concentrator.
You and Oxygen Therapy
This online guide from the American Thoracic Society has loads of short videos and animations about oxygen topics.
Complete Guide to Oxygen Therapy
This 35-page document explains the types of oxygen therapy and how to pay for it in the US.
Oxygen Manifesto Part 1
Advice from three expert respiratory therapists, led by Noah Greenspan, about when and how to use supplemental oxygen.
Oxygen Manifesto Part 2
Learn about the devices that deliver supplemental oxygen.
Oxygen Manifesto Part 3
Learn advanced tips and tricks from respiratory experts.
Home Oxygen Safety Poster
Warnings and guidelines for using oxygen safely at home.
Medicare Coverage for Oxygen Therapy
This site explains US Medicare coverage for supplemental oxygen for 2022.
Medicare: Oxygen Equipment & Accessories
This site explains what accessories US Medicare will cover related to oxygen equipment.
Medicare Billing Guideline Changes 2019
This 3-page document outlines changes to Medicare billing for supplemental oxygen.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators
People who use supplement oxygen need to be mobile, able to exercise, and go out. Portable oxygen concentrators are a godsend, but select and purchase them with care, as you would any life-sustaingin medical device.
Doctors Warn About Portable Oxygen Concentrators Sold Online
The FDA, doctors, and lung associations warn consumers that over-the-counter oxygen concentrators sold online should not be used for pulmonary fibrosis or other lung disease.
Portable Oxygen Concentrators: Benefits and Limitations
This 2-page document outlines the benefits and limitations of POC. Produced by the American Thoracic Society.
Do Over-the Counter Portable Oxygen Concentrators Actually Work?
Results of a COPD Foundation Study found that over the counter oxygen concentrators are not suitable for anyone needing long-term oxygen therapy.
Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators
This site from runningonair.net has a helpful chart that shows how many liters per minute each POC is capable of delivering.
A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators
This 27-page document from the American Association of Respiratory Care describes portable oxygen concentrators and how to select one.
Oxygen Manifesto Part 2
Learn about the devices that deliver supplemental oxygen. Repeated from the Supplemental Oxygen section because of critical facts about portable concentrators.
Exercise & Pulmonary Rehab
Proper exercise approved by your doctor has many benefits, both physical and mental. These programs are developed especially for people with chronic lung disease.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Exercise and PF
The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation provides basics about why and how to begin exercise with pulmonary fibrosis.
Pulmonary Wellness Bootcamp
Register for a free, online pulmonary rehab program at this Pulmonary Wellness Foundation site.
Dr. Noah Greenspan explains how to develop the absolute best treadmill protocol for you so that you can achieve the very best results within each and every workout.
QiGong for Lung Health
The Rehabilitative Qigong for Pulmonary Health program blends ancient self-healing practices with modern rehabilitation to help you breathe deeply, live longer, and find greater meaning in life.
Fitness for Breath Exercise Program
Free, online exercise classes from the Lung Health Foundation.
Breathe Right Exercise Class
Free, online exercise classes from the BC Lung Foundation.
Living with a chronic disease does not prohibit travel. With some planning and precautions, you can visit family, take a cruise, and visit places you want to go.
Traveling with Lung Disease
A respiratory therapist talks about the considerations for traveling in this 15-minute video.
Transporting Oxygen Cylinders in a Vehicle
Two pages of safety information for carrying tanks in a vehicle
High Altitude Simulation Test
The National Jewish Health organization explains what a HAST test is and why you may need one.
Five Steps for Successful Flying with Oxygen
The American Lung Association provides tips for air travel.
Trip Planning Guide
A 23-page guide from the CHEST Foundation has information on traveling with supplemental oxygen.
Holidaying with Pulmonary Fibrosis
Visit this website to find tips for planning to travel.
Air Travel When you have a Lung Condition
The US National Institute of Health offers guidelines for traveling by air.
Flying with your Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Lincare, a durable medical equipment provider, gives tips for flying with a POC.
Living with pulmonary fibrosis means living with its symptoms. Here are tips for managing some of them
Check for Drug Interactions
WebMD‘s tool allows you to look up possible drug interactions of your medications. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for the best, up-to-date information.
How do I Manage Symptoms and Side Effects of PF?
The American Lung Association has tips for managing key symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis.
Get Pallliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care has handouts, tools, and a directory to help you understand the option and find a doctor near you.
Hospice and Palliative Care Resources
The National Hospice & Palliative Care site can help you make decisions before a crisis.
Avoiding irritants, viruses, and infection help you protect your lungs. Learn what to avoid and how to avoid it.
Protecting your Lungs from Pollution
Dr. Meilan Han talks to PF Warriors about protecting your lungs from further damage caused by air pollution.
The American Thoracic Society provides a variety of free resources. Notable is the flyer on Managing Your Chronic Lung Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Considering the COVID Booster
Bill Vick asks an expert pulmonologist about getting a COVID -19 booster shot.
Breathing Lessons: A Doctor’s Guide to Lung Health
Dr. MeiLan K. Han, a leading pulmonologist and a national spokesperson for the American Lung Association, takes readers on a fascinating tour of this most vital organ, the lung.
Emotional Coping and Stress
Getting diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis is a long and frustrating process. These and other emotions are typical during a chronic illness. Here are some strategies for dealing with them.
Guided Meditation for Reducing Stress
Select one of several guided meditations in English or Spanish to relax.
Healthy nutrition is important to your overall health. Some foods have beneficial effects on your well-being. Some foods and additives in medicines can cause discomfort and side effects.
Find the Ingredients List for a Drug
This National Institute Health‘s site lets you find the ingredient list for any drug via a National Drug Code (NDC). The NDC is a 10 or 11 digit number that identifies a drug. The NDC is sometimes found on the prescription label.
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