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Doctor insights on: Incentive Spirometry Contraindications

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Why do I need to take approximately 10 breaths on incentive spirometry while I am awake?

Why do I need to take approximately 10 breaths on incentive spirometry while I am awake?

Have you been: Ill or had surgery recently? Incentive spirometry is done to prevent or decrease atelectasis. (Keep air moving and keep lungs healthy). ...Read more

Pulmonary Function Test (Definition)

Pulmonary function tests is a term used to describe a group of tests done to determine lung function. Spirometry measures the amount of air that can be taken in as well as the flow rate of forcefully exhaled air. A graph is generated and can be used to determine lung function. Likewise lung volumes and diffusing capacity determine the capacity as well as ...Read more


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How does incentive spirometry prevent fever and why is it so importanr?

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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How to use an incentive spirometer after surgery? What is the spirometer reading I should try to achieve (ml)?

Variable: We try to have folks practice to see what is a good level pre op!
then do close to that post op!
the goal, is to prevent lung atelectasis, and or pneumonia!
inventive and coughing he
p with that. ...Read more

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How do I use an incentive spirometer?

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

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Is an incentive spirometer effective?

Yes: To keep your lung from collapsing due to shallow breathing after surgery. It is very but not always effective. Despite the pain, you must do it to prevent atelectasis of the lung tissue. ...Read more

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Is this ok to use incentive spirometer exerciser?

Yes: No problems have been reported; nor could one anticipate one with the 'essence of life'. I hope you don't have severe COPD and blebs, that may rupture, in rare conditions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use an incentive spirometer everyday if you have asthma? Does it help your lungs if you use it daily?

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

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Is there any risks of using an incentive spirometer to improve the lung function on a regular basis? Few times every day?

No particular risks: I cannot conceive any risks for using your own incentive spirometry on a regular basis. It just coaches you to take deep and full breaths to help minimize the risk of atelectasis. ...Read more

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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

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Can you tell me how spirometry aid in their diagnosis?

Can you tell me how spirometry aid in their diagnosis?

Spirometry: Spirometry is a test performed used to evaluate for lung disease. It measures flow of air over time. It helps in diagnosis and management of diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Sometimes further testing with lung volumes and diffusion capacity are ordered (called complete PFT). This complements the evaluation, helps with other diseases ie. Fibrosis! Hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I have a cold, the spirometry test may result changed?

If I have a cold, the spirometry test may result changed?

Sure: Anything that affects one's breathing can also affect the spirometry test results. A person with underlying asthma symptoms, who catches a cold, will likely display worse spirometry readings due to increased asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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Hi, What is the meaning of normal spirometry - TLCO was reduced to 65% and DLCO/VA at 76%. Many thanks.?

Mgt: Your pulmonary testing has many components which are interpreted and then reported in summary, It would be helpful to upload the actual test to an inbox consultation.
From your description, there is no evidence of airflow obstruction and the DLCO when adjusted for volume is normal. There is also an adjustment for Hemoglobin on the report itself. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Spirometry (Definition)

A spirometry is a measurement of velocity (speed) of air coming in & out of the lungs which equals the diameter of the airways. This an indirect measument of the lung function diffeent patterns are posible & direct us as specialist to diagnosed ...Read more


Spirometer (Definition)

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 ...Read more