IMPORTANCE OF INCENTIVE SPIROMETRY.

The functions of incentive Spirometry is to decrease the risk of pulmonary consolidation and atelectasis.

With intake (inhale)of a deep breath and exhale while using Incentive Spirometry will improve lung function after surgery.

This is a special designed Spirometry that the patient will be using 10times in an hour while awake until the required volume is reached.

You will hold your breath for 3 to 5 seconds to sustain the inspiratory volume required.

There is a progress chart marked from volume 250ml to 4000ml.It goes like this:

4000ml.

3750ml

3500ml.

3250ml.

3000ml.

2750ml.

2500ml.

2250ml.

2000ml.

1750ml.

1500ml.

1250ml.

1000ml.

750ml.

500ml.

250ml.

TOTAL=

Starts from Day 1 to Day 7.

On my first 1hour after surgery I was on 1000ml.

I complained and my nurse told me that it will get better as the anesthetic wears off.

By the end of the day I got upto 1500ml.

Allow your provider to adjust the Spirometry to the prescribed volume for you to reach on a daily basis. Make sure that you inhale rather than exhale by connecting expandable tubing to the device.

Keep the indicator between arrow to maintain a slow deep inspiration.Inhale and exhale. Properly secure the mouthpiece when is not being used.

Follow instructions and maintain your targeted volume and keep accurate measurement.

Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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