The aluminum rollator is often the equipment required for pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is defined as the comprehensive and multidisciplinary intervention for patients with chronic lung disease like COPD. This rehabilitation aims to reduce the disability and symptoms of those with lung disease. It also aims to optimize functional activities of people with lung disease.
For the management of symptoms of patients with COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation plays an important role.
Globally, COPD is a common and costly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines COPD as
a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. This group of diseases includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and in some cases asthma.
Rollators are walking frames with either three or four wheels. The main difference between the 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled type is the presence of a seat. The 4-wheeled type rollator has a seat where users can sit and rest. The aluminum material in the aluminum rollator makes the device lightweight.
A study by Jenkins et al. showed that one of the equipment required for pulmonary rehabilitation of COPD patients is the rollator. The Jenkins study suggests that rollators like the aluminum rollator work because the “Fixation of the upper limbs allows the accessory muscles to contribute to ventilation, thereby reducing the work of
breathing and minimizing dyspnea.”
Another proof that rollators like the aluminum rollator work is the study of Probst et al. This study showed that the use of a rollator improves walking distance and better walking efficiency of patients with COPD.
The Solway et al. study also support the growing evidence that rollators like the aluminum rollator work for COPD patients. The Solway study found that rollator use
reduce dyspnea, reduced rest time, and improved distance walked among patients with COPD.
For the safe use of the aluminum rollator, make sure that before the patient sits, the brakes should always be on. It is also advisable that before the patient sits the aluminum rollator should be against a wall or any solid object.