Chronic respiratory failure (CRF) is the permanent inability of the respiratory system to oxygenate the blood and/or remove carbon dioxide. It may be the result of a lack of airflow, and therefore the circulation of air through the lungs, or malfunctions in the pulmonary tissues resulting in a reduction of gaseous exchange between air and blood.
Air Liquide Healthcare introduced home healthcare in Europe more than 30 years ago by providing support for chronic respiratory failure patients returning home from hospital.
More motivated than ever by the goal of improving patient quality of life and independence, Air Liquide Healthcare provides patients with the full range of medical respiratory assistance equipment in their own homes as part of its contribution to ensuring continuity of treatment in complete safety.
Improving patient quality of life and independence
Assisting patients with chronic respiratory failure
CRF patients are encouraged to play an active role in the treatment of their illness through:
Continuity of support from hospital to home
Availability of all medical techniques and equipment suitable for home use in accordance with medical prescription
Education and home follow-up programs to improve continuity of treatment
Once available only in hospitals, respiratory assistance can now be provided effectively and safely in the home.
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