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Incentive Spirometry Guidelines
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is there any risks of using an incentive spirometer to improve the lung function on a regular basis? Few times every day?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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)?
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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?
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
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