• News About the Nonin Oximeter
  • Those of you who sent in an e-mail to subscribe@perf2ndwind.org will have gotten this news a few days after your last newsletter arrived but we want to repeat it here for those of you who are not on line.
  • Mea Culpa from Mary: corrections and updates:
  • In last month's newsletter, we left out the last digit of the phone number of the Richmark Company. The correct number is 1-800-882-8889.
  • In calling back the REI Sport stores, after talking to several clerks, we found the cause of confusion. The number 643-382-0013 is the order number for the SportStat in the REI Store. It is not a telephone number that you can call if you don't have an REI in your area! You can however, go to their website at http://www.labiomed.org and type SportStat in the Search box to place your order or get information.
  • The best news, and update, however, came from Aeromedix. They are offering our readers a special discount of only $340.00 on the $395.00 Nonin 9500 Onyx Oximeter. This is the medical oximeter with all the pertinent information included, and the best offer we have been able to find. To be eligible for this discount, tell the person taking your order that you know that the regular price is $395.00. Identify yourself as a reader of the Second Wind, or of our website, and ask for the discount price of $340.00. If you are ordering through their website write this in the remarks box. Shipping costs an additional $7.00 to $9.00 for UPS 3 Day Service, depending on your location. Sales tax applies only to orders shipped to the state of Wyoming.
  • Aeromedix has doctors on staff. They are able to take care of the oximeter prescription for callers, as well as answer any medical questions. There is no charge for this courtesy. This makes it much easier for the patient to get the Nonin 9500 Onyx without the hassle of getting a prescription from his or her own physician. They can't give a diagnosis over the phone of course, but this allows you to get the medical oximeter sent out that same day.
  • For their web link, use http://www.aeromedixrx.com as this is their pharmacy site for the 9500 Onyx and other prescription pulse oximeters. They told us again they are not allowed to recommend the FlightStat for medical purposes. It is sold over their web site to pilots and other recreational users.

  • Here is still more news about Nonin, and why we are sending them our thanks.
  • This September 20th, Mary Burns will be accompanying a group from Harbor-UCLA when they visit Szeged University in Hungary. The visit was arranged by Attila Somfay, MD, PhD, the Chief Pulmonologist at the University and Hospital, who spent almost two years at Harbor-UCLA doing research. He is a good friend of us all and some of the research participants in the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center will remember him well.
  • While the docs are delivering lectures to the medical staff, Mary will be having fun working with the therapists and patients at Deszk Hospital. After a slide show about pulmonary rehabilitation in the United States, she will work with the therapists to teach breathing techniques to their patients. That's where the Nonin comes in. While you certainly can learn proper breathing without an oximeter, it is a lot easier when you have feedback from the pulse oximeter right in front of you. Do you remember that with good breathing techniques you can actually raise the oxygen saturation of your blood and watch the saturation numbers climb on your oximeter? Perhaps even more important, you will see them drop with poor breathing techniques! Very impressive, and a lot more effective than having some nurse or therapist tell you what to do! The Nonin Company didn't just lend Mary an oximeter for the trip; they went one better. They donated the oximeter so that it can be left with the rehab team at Deszk Hospital. We have been told that the Deszk rehab unit doesn't have an oximeter so you can imagine how much they will appreciate this nifty gift.
  • So, is it going to be all work in Hungary? No way! With Janos Porszasz MD, PhD, our PERF Webmaster, leading the caravan, this group will get to see countryside, castles and cities. He promised us some gipsy music and good Hungarian food as we tour his former country. Besides Attila and Janos, others you may recognize in this group are PERF President Rich Casaburi and his lovely wife, Mary. Our Swedish researcher friend, Dr. Margareta Emtner and her husband Morgan, will be part of the two-car caravan. Do you remember the Second Wind issue last October dedicated to our visit in Uppsala and the ERS (European Respiratory Society) Conference in Stockholm? This will be a reunion of the same group.
  • After six days in Hungary, we drive back to Vienna, Austria. The next five days will be busy ones at the ERS Conference. There, we will be joined by PERF Board member Dr. Brian Tiep, as well as many other friends from around the world. Because of this trip, there will be no September newsletter. Please notice how much information we have crammed into this one, however! In addition, we promise that the October newsletter will be about pulmonary rehab in Hungary as well cutting edge information we learn at the conference. Don't miss it!

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.