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Incentive Spirometer Measurements
Deep slow breaths in: Incentive spirometers aid in opening up the passages and air sacs of the lungs, especially after surgery that requires a ventilator. The device is simple but the technique is key: fully exhale and then slowly inhale through the tube, watching the little flow guide so as not to breath too quickly. Coughing is to be expected (and encouraged). Try to slowly increase your volume to ~ 1200-1500 cc/br. ...Read more
What is a healthy number to be able to reach on an airlife incentive spirometer? I consistantly reach 3500. is this good?
Yes: That is a very good number.Get a more detailed answer ›
It is the effort...: It is not number oriented.....you should use it in a context of inflating your lungs. ..... ...Read more
How to use an incentive spirometer after surgery? What is the spirometer reading I should try to achieve (ml)?
No: This will not be of benefit to determine lung capacity. You need PFT's for that. ...Read more
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No idea: I'm not sure what the purpose of that would be. ...Read more
Is it safe to use an incentive spirometer everyday if you have asthma? Does it help your lungs if you use it daily?
Peak Flows: Measuring your peak flows with an incentive spirometer at home is a great and safe way for you and your doctor to monitor your asthma over time. Occasional pulmonary function testing in the office provides valuable information, but tracking peak flows over times also lets us know how well controlled your asthma is. If you want to improve lung function try exercising 4-5 times per week. ...Read more
What do the numbers mean on the incentive spirometer? Ehat is considered an average reading when inhaling and holding breath?
Breath volume: The numbers indicate how deep a breath you are taking. The bigger the number the deeper the breath. You want to be at 1500 ml or above. ...Read more
I have a incentive spirometer --back surgery years ago-- can it be repurpose it for fitness training or would it not be beneficial? If so sets & reps?
Don't believe it'll: Be helpful for your training, unless you get out of breath. Would not repurpose it for what you have in mind. ...Read more
Prevents infection..: When a person doesn't take deep breaths, the airways not being used tend to close off so that the inhaled air is routed to the lung space that is being used. But, secretions can collect in these airways and stay there where they can become infected, leading to acute bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Incentive spirometry causes you to open these airways, expectorate secretions and prevent infections! ...Read more
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I am a 70 year old female, very fit, but I cannot get above 1200 on the spirometer. Is that ok?, or do I need to consider doing more often than once a
Normal?: The lung function test is dependent on height (gender, age, ethnicity as well) and thus if you were a short person, this may be a normal value. Although you can improve your exercise tolerance and endurance with exercise, there is no way to increase one's total lung capacity (however reversal of obesity would improve the lung capacity). ...Read more
Tests breathing: This device measures a person's ability to breathe in and out -- how much air, how quickly, for how long, how much air is left behind, etc. This provides some information for diagnosis and determining severity of disease (treatment, disability claims). ...Read more
Though "failing" is not a term I would use, there are many other conditions that can show up in a spirometry test. These may include lung obstructions, vocal cord dysfunction, copd, etc. Most of the time these conditions will give results that are not characteristically like asthma but feel like it.
Good luck. ...Read more
If the nurse did a spirometer test wrong, is it ok to ask for them to retest before I have a stress test done?
Yes: Not sure how the nurse would have done the test wrong, but if he or she did then this sounds entirely reasonable. Obviously a test done the wrong way will cause misleading results and your doctors should have accurate information to assess your health. ...Read more
I live at a mile above sea level, and decided to use a spirometer to measure my intake of air. I recorded it at 2500ml, should I be concerned?
Not sure: Not sure what was measured or how correctly it was done. Lung function and capacity is very dependent upon age / sex and height AND not upon altitude. If you measured Vital Capacity AND measured it correctly you may be at the low end of normal. Vital Capacity is not generally measured without a clinical indication. If you have lung symptoms you should see your doc. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with pneumonia. What should be value on the spirometer be a goal to reach to know my lungs are better. I am a 40 yr fit female?
I wouldn't recommend:
Ms/Mrs. Lamb, after a true pneumonia, your lungs probably will take some time to recover. However, I usually follow this recovery clinically - which means is based on the absence of fever and progressive improvement in the shortness of breath. You will be coughing while your body cleans itself - remember that cough (and mucus) are like the "sweeper" of the lungs.
Unless you have asthma...do you? ...Read more
I use my Voldyne inspired spirometer @ least 3+Times qday. Scared of pneumonia again since last time BUT is it me. Makes me feel nauseous/bloated etc?
Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, increased abdominal pressure can cause those symptoms. Hiatal hernia, air swallowing are common.
Oddly enough, yoga breathing technique or other training in breathing would fix it. Spirometry would also be interesting to see breathing pattern. ...Read more
Spirometer test show I have trouble getting air in not out. Could a hiatal hernia cause symptoms like this?
Blew 1.50 on spirometer at home device. What % lung function is that for 68 yr. Old lady. 5ft.6. Thank you for your reply.
I would suggest obtaining the best of three measurements, while making a good effort.
If you are experiencing symptoms, please see the ED.
The value that you listed is low. A virtual inbox consult is also available. ...Read more
74% on spirometer after neb treatment was 90% take ventolin 1 puff 2x/day and montelukast. Y didn't I get neb to take home also?
Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?
Pneumonia: First....finish the complete prescription of the antibiotic your on even if you feel much better. The incentive spirometer is very very important. It helps you open alveoli that may have been effected by the infection and filled with fluid. Its a very good prognostic indicator of recovery. We often do pulmonary percussive technique in the hospital with patients to help mobilize sections. ...Read more