Shuttle Coming to Las Vegas for AARC Conference, December 6-8

November 30, 2010   |   
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Ifdy Perez; 1-866-731-2673, ext. 398
iperez@copdfoundation.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

American Association for Respiratory Care Hosts COPD Shuttle: Virtual Journey Inside Human Body Reveals Ravages of Smoking and Air Pollution on Lung Tissue 

AARC International Respiratory Congress; December 6-8, 2010
Las Vegas Convention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. — November 30, 2010 — Using a 20-seat state-of-the-art mobile motion simulator called COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung, the COPD Foundation harnesses the power of immersive innovation to take riders on a five-minute microscopic journey into the human body and witness the devastating effects of smoking and other pollutants on lung tissue. The capsule carrying the COPD Foundation's message of awareness and prevention is scheduled during the American Association for Respiratory Care International Congress in Las Vegas, NV, December 6-8, 2010.

Members of the general public are invited to visit the COPD Shuttle, which will be located at booth #154 inside the AARC Exhibit Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center, on Wednesday, December 9th from 12PM-3PM. Members of the media are invited to the booth for an exclusive event on Monday, December 6th from 9-10AM; media is also invited to the conference’s keynote speech by Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

“The COPD Shuttle, which can seat up to 2,000 riders per day, makes viewers feel as if they are inside the body, offering a rare glimpse into the lungs, heightening their understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and providing a catalyst for thousands to seek assessment and treatment,” says John Walsh, president of the COPD Foundation.

Mounted on a custom-built tractor/trailer, this new platform for virtual demonstration couples stunning high-definition imagery and surround-sound audio with precise, computer-driven motion control. The COPD Foundation utilizes the simulator to increase awareness of lung diseases at health fairs, schools, sporting events, and other public gatherings. On-site screenings for lung diseases are available at select locations and times throughout the year.

 

Walsh points to the COPD Foundation’s significant investment of time and resources to bring this message to the American public, adding, “We’ve taken pleasure in creating this program. Our goal is to highlight health risks and contributing factors to lung disease, with an ongoing focus on preventive care, timely diagnosis and enhanced therapy for individuals whose lives are impacted by COPD.”

More information is available at Foundation calendar.

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. Visit http://www.copdfoundation.org or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673)

About COPD Chronic

 Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. Visit http://www.copdfoundation.org or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

 

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