Our history

A brief history BCITS

The Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program began as a dream forged out of a crisis experienced by people with disabilities who were living in the community and managing their needs for assisted ventilation.

In many cases, they had left care facilities by voluntarily signing release forms stating that they would take full responsibility for the risks associated with their decision to live in the community and they were using their own knowledge, ingenuity and self-help networks to maintain their equipment and to manage their changing respiratory needs.

The Pearson Hospital Respiratory program was the only resource available to them and the services that it offered were fragmented, inequitable, and seemingly oblivious to the urgency of their reality.

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Historical gallery

Visit the iron lung project

Many people who used the iron lung have passed away. This was a time sensitive project as new patients will not be fitted with an iron lung as their first respiratory technology any longer. This is a history project with two oral interviews and one written interview. Explore the interviews of 3 people who experienced life with the iron lung, keeping the history alive!.

Iron Lung Project

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