Oxygen Supplement at the Dead Sea
|For patients with advanced
lung disease staying at the Dead Sea with its oxygen-rich
air and the restful atmosphere of the hotels can improve
oxygenation, exercise performance and sleep oximetry, and
consequently quality of life. It offers patients greater
degree of independence, allow them to benefit from a
feeling of psychological well-being, while assuring them
a 24 hour oxygen
intake, without the need for artificial devices or tubing.
In a previous report by Kramer et al.(Ann Intern Med. 1994;121:658-662), it has been shown that descent to low altitude such as the Dead Sea area can improve arterial oxygenation (SaO2),exercise performance, and sleep oximetry in patients with advanced lung
diseases including CF.
|Our own experience with CF patients
in the Dead Sea area is based on groups and individual patients who
came to this area during the last few years, which have stayed for a 3 week
period in our CF-Center at the Dead Sea. We have discovered by objective
and subjective researches and observations, that the result of staying at
this particular area leaves no doubt as to the significant benefit
to the quality of life for the CF patients. In most cases, the patients
felt very well, were able to get more regular physiotherapy, and with quite
a few of them, we observed objective improvement in lung function.
Furthermore, the improvement of their condition lasted several months after their stay at the Dead Sea.
The subjective feedback of the patients
at the end of each camp, was excellent in most cases, as well
as the impression of the physiotherapist who accompanied the groups and
provided the treatments. We also found that some special controlled exercises
in the fitness-center significantly improved the well being and the stamina
of a few patients.
nach eintagigem Aufenhalt ungehinderet Nasenatmung moglich ...
(one day after arrival breathing through the nose was possible, with no disturbances...)
said Michaels (13) mother in November 95