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Doctor insights on: Incentive Spirometry Guidelines

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

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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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 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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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 dont have severe COPD and blebs, that may rupture, in rare conditions. ...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 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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Why is incentive spirometer used with patient undergoing alcohol withdrawal?

Few options: If mostly in bed (like inpatient hospital), is to encourage lung expansion and reduce risk of atelectasis & pneumonia. If already did aspirate, then needs the pulmonary toilet (to encourage expectoration of stuff in lungs). ...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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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