VitalAire Canada Inaugurates New Sleep Laboratory

And offers relief to sleepy Quebecers

MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - VitalAire, whose clinicians have been treating patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for the past 30 years, announces the launch of the state-of-the-art Sleep Testing Laboratory, the first for VitalAire in Canada. OSA, a serious condition, is said to affect up to 20% of adult Canadians.

Today, 75% of OSA patients in Canada remain undiagnosed. With this new sleep testing laboratory, patients can now receive a prescribed overnight sleep study without having to wait. The VitalAire Sleep Laboratory is overseen by Medical Director Dr. Sean A. Gilman, board-certified in sleep medicine, as well as a team of VitalAire clinicians. The new Sleep Testing Laboratory is located at the Best Western (Suite 104, Mezzanine level) on Drummond Street in downtown Montreal.

With Dr. Gilman, VitalAire provides patients with a full range of diagnostic services to ensure that they receive evaluation, diagnosis and appropriate treatment in a quick and seamless manner. The referring GP generally conducts the follow-up.

"We are proud to now offer supervised overnight sleep testing services for our patients and referring physicians in Quebec. At the same time, we have expanded our in-home sleep testing services to cover our entire network of VitalAire Quebec sleep clinics, with the option of supervised overnight tests," said Cecile Perraud, Regional Director for VitalAire Quebec. 

In Quebec, VitalAire operates the cutting-edge Sleep Laboratory, along with 11 sleep clinics across the province, in Montreal East and Downtown, the West Island, Longueuil, Saint-Jerôme, Joliette, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec City, Valleyfield and Gatineau, as well as Sorel, which opened in the fall of 2012.

_______________________
VitalAire Canada

Part of the Air Liquide Group, VitalAire is a national health care provider with more than 100 locations across Canada. Focusing exclusively on respiratory services such as home oxygen, obstructive sleep apnea and ventilation therapies, VitalAire has been helping Canadians breathe easier for more than 40 years.

_______________________
Home Healthcare

Air Liquide, European leader and 3rd worldwide in home healthcare, provides home healthcare services in compliance with medical prescription for patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), sleep apnea and diabetes. These home healthcare services are being developed in addition to hospital care, enabling patients to enjoy better quality of life and local authorities to reduce costs.
Home Healthcare represents 45% of Air Liquide's total 2011 Healthcare revenue.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while delivering growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry's energy use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide's teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development approach. In 2012, the Group's revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion of which 82% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes

SOURCE: VitalAire

For further information:

Daniel Richard 
514-846-7735 
Danielm.richard@airliquide.com

Valérie Gonzalo
514.626.6976
gonzalo@videotron.ca