Frontier Lifeline hospital conducts Free Spirometry Test for "World COPD Day 2010"
World COPD Day was celebrated on November 17th, 2010. To spread awareness about COPD, Dr.KM Cherian's Frontier Lifeline organized a free spirometry test camp.
- (1888PressRelease) November 30, 2010 - Frontier Lifeline conducted free Spirometry test for the World COPD Day at Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Mogappair on November 17 & 18, 2010. A team of specialists and doctors led by Dr. Madhu, Pulmonologist, Frontier Lifeline conducted free spirometry test for the general public in sync with the theme of this year's World COPD Day theme "Know your Lung health".
First day saw close to 60 participants who registered previously and got the tests done from 9 AM to 5 PM. Besides, the doctors also explained the importance of maintaining lung health, cardiac health and created awareness about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
The participants were taken through systematic process of checkups by the nurses and Physician Assistants of the hospital. Finally, they went through Spirometry tests. The participants were consulted by pulmonologists based on the results of the test. The doctors explained the importance of treating this disease at the early stage due to its progressive nature. Educative reading materials were also handed out to the registrants.
The registrants were largely from the age group 40-80 and at least 80% of them had a history of smoking. The registrants were worried about their lung function and some of them were quiet relieved to learn that their results were normal.
At least 60% of them were diagnosed with abnormalities. They consulted with the pulmonologists and had begun their treatment. The workshop helped in beginning the management of disease at an early stage.
One of the registrants, Mr. Ramanathan, aged 70, said "I have been smoking for over 30 years and I have also undergone a bypass surgery. I was naturally worried about my lung health and hence came to take the tests. Though I have quit smoking, I still have breathing problems. I have consulted with the doctors and will begin my treatment soon."
Though the tests were basically to diagnose COPD, some of the patients were also diagnosed with Pneumonia, Bronchial Asthma and other lung disorders.
Dr. Madhu K., Consultant Pulmonologist, Frontier Lifeline said, "It was great to see people being conscious about their health and well being. The day saw many people including children, house hold women getting consulted for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."
Due to the overwhelming response from the participants, the hospital had extended the activity for one more day.