FEV1

I spent some really great times as an educator in a heart and lung transplant program at a large hospital system. Specifically, I was a therapy educator. I taught PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs, and SLPs what they needed to know to safely provide rehab to patient after heart and lung transplants. I saw so manyContinue reading “FEV1”

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

UPDATED This is a pretty hot topic lately. the presence of the acronym has increased exponentially all over the internet and media. Prior to two months ago, I’m betting you didn’t really think much about ARDS, but now I feel like I hear about it daily. Of course, my research direction definitely influences that. ButContinue reading “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)”

Renal Failure???

Yes, that’s right. Renal Failure. You may be asking yourself, “Why are we talking about renal failure?” You may also be asking yourself, “Has Doctor B lost her marbles? COVID-19 is a pulmonary disease!” You may also be thinking, “I just learned all this stuff about the lungs and now I have to learn aboutContinue reading “Renal Failure???”

Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT)

What is an Inspiratory Muscle Trainer (IMT)? A device that strengthens the diaphragm and external intercostal muscles (muscles of inspiration) Provides controlled, graded resistance to inspiration Patients who can benefit from IMT use: COPD Respiratory Failure Recent Mechanical Ventilation Pneumonia Cystic Fibrosis   Congestive Heart Failure Pre/Post CABG     Pre/Post Lung Transplant ALS/GB/SCI Frailty/DebilityContinue reading “Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT)”

Active Cycle of Breathing (ACBT)

The Active Cycle of Breathing is a critical tool for secretion mobilization. It can also be modified in several ways to address patient-specific needs. But the basic cycle is more than enough for most patients. The goal is to loosen secretions and get air underneath them so they can be mobilized (or coughed) out. IContinue reading “Active Cycle of Breathing (ACBT)”

The Incentive Spirometer

Uses of the Incentive Spirometer (IS) It is thought that the IS is used to reduce the risk of post-operative pulmonary complications (PPCs) by increasing total lung inflation, tidal volume, and vital capacity. What Does the Evidence Say?: The most current evidence DOES NOT support the use of incentive spirometry for any patient as aContinue reading “The Incentive Spirometer”

The Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure Device (Acapella)

Don’t forget to read the basics of airway clearance techniques for full application of this tool! What is an Acapella Device? Provides Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) to exhalation Used for pulmonary hygiene to increase/maintain secretion mobility, increases  sputum production Promotes increased lung volumes due to re-inflation of collapsed airways Changes focus to Exhalation instead ofContinue reading “The Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure Device (Acapella)”