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Health Benefits of Incentive Spirometer

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Incentive spirometer which is otherwise known as respirometer is an instrument which is used by a way of breathing exercises to help with healing after surgery, prevent certain complications that might follow surgery, especially conditions like atelectasis and pneumonia.  It is also used in managing certain illness such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD), Pneumonia, Asthma, Chronic bronchitis,in Spinal Cord Injury patients, Bronchiectasis, Emphysema, Rib damage etc.

Respirometer is made of plastic which is hollow and clear. A typical respirometer is made up of a mouth piece, a tube and a chamber with indicator.

The indicator gives the patient feedback and in a way patient is enabled to visualize his/her achievement. This also serves as a form of motivation for the patient.

How It works

To use the Incentive Spirometer, observe the following;

  • Sit upright either in a chair or while in bed
  • Exhale completely and put the mouthpiece in the mouth then close the lips tightly around it
  • Breathe in slowly through the mouth (not the nose)
  • Notice the movement of the indicator and try to get the piston (or balls) as high as possible or to a marked level, then hold the breath. While holding, let the piston (or balls) fall to the base of the Incentive spirometer.
  • Rest for few seconds
  • Repeat this for like 10 times
  • After this, cough to clear any mucus from the lungs. If there is sore from surgery, a pillow should be held against it before coughing
  • This procedure can be done hourly when awake.

Incentive Spirometer helps to generate a sustained slow deep breath by taking the patient through a sustained, maximal inspiration. Incentive Spirometry thus aid exercise of the lungs so that it can allow more air into it.This helps to increase the lung capacity and improves the patient’s ability to breathe.It has been found out that deep breathing through the use of an Incentive spirometer helps to open airways, this allows for ease in breathing.

Also, deep breathing is useful in prevention of accumulation of fluids and mucus in the lungs and likewise aids breathing ease.Incentive spirometry trains the muscle used for respiration (Inspiratory muscles) thus increasing their performance which culminates into improving the lung function.

The indicator gives the patient feedback and in a way patient is enabled to visualize his/her achievement. This also serves as a form of motivation for the patient.

Sit upright either in a chair or while in bed

Exhale completely and put the mouthpiece in the mouth then close the lips tightly around it

Breathe in slowly through the mouth (not the nose)

Notice the movement of the indicator and try to get the piston (or balls) as high as possible or to a marked level, then hold the breath. While holding, let the piston (or balls) fall to the base of the Incentive spirometer. Rest for few seconds. At PhysioNEEDS NIG, we can provide you with affordable and durable Incentive Spirometer. Visit physioneedsng.com for further information.

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