FT-1 on a pilgrimage to Lourdes

For 150 years, people from all over the world have made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France, a place of pilgrimage for the Virgin Mary.

When priest Johann Bächtiger organised the first Swiss pilgrimage more than 130 years ago, 12 pilgrims took part. Today, every year more than 6 million people travel to the world-famous grotto in the French Pyrenees. This ever increasing stream of pilgrims, healthy and ill alike, requires an enormous organisational performance, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities. Once again this year, the society „Interdiözesane Lourdeswallfahrt DRS“ (interdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes) travelled to Lourdes with approx. 1,500 pilgrims. A team of roughly 400 comprising trained specialists (physicians and nurses) and non professional helpers, ensured care for the pilgrims around the clock. For medical support, SCHILLER provided the CARDIOVIT FT-1, a portable ECG device equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Luckily, the pilgrimage was uneventful from a medical point of view.