Ideally, patients should get an Incentive Spirometer. There are two types of spirometers. One is the Triflow which has 3 balls. Each ball is a different color, with 600, 900 and 1200 mls. We ask the patient to move the 3 balls and keep the level up as long as possible and then rest for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times in 5 minutes, they need to do this 8 times a day. The other type has total volume of 4000 mls, we ask to move or target volume between 3500 to 4000 mls. The patient needs to do exercises for 5 minutes 8 times a day. If using a Peak Flow meter they should get 500 mls each time 8 times a da
An incentive spirometer, or IS, is a device used to measure how much air can go into your lungs. It is made up of a breathing tube, an air chamber, and an indicator. The breathing tube is connected to the air chamber and has a mouthpiece at the end. The indicator is found inside the device. An IS helps prevent lung problems by exercising the muscles used for breathing. For spirometry, you will need to breathe slowly and deeply. Breathing deeply helps open your airway and fill your lungs with air. The incentive spirometer shows how well your lungs inflate (expand) by measuring how deep your breathing is.
Sit up straight and as comfortably as possible. Keep your head and neck centered and not bent forward or backward. Hold the incentive spirometer in an upright position. Place the target pointer to the level that you need to reach or your caregiver has suggested. Exhale (breathe out) normally, and then do the following:
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