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:
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.