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)”

The Dangers of Providing Necessary Care

We know the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthetists, and all those other incredible people caring for patients in the ICU and ED are risking their lives every moment. But there is another side of this pandemic: the side that stays home. Patients that stay home or are sent home still require care. Many may haveContinue reading “The Dangers of Providing Necessary Care”

Airway Clearance Techniques

Thanks for checking out the first blog post in this series about respiratory interventions for Rehab Clinicians! Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs) are best practice for patients who are in acute exacerbation, sub-acute exacerbation, or are stable with obstructive lung conditions.Long-term management of obstructive lung disorders including cystic fibrosis, COPD, bronchiectasis, and chronic bronchitis, and thoseContinue reading “Airway Clearance Techniques”

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…

Depending on your setting and expertise, you may or may not be asked to take on a special role during this time. There are some resources to assist you from the World Confederation of Physical Therapy. But don’t feel like you have to do everything. We have such a varied skill set as a professionContinue reading “Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It…”