NIV/NIPPV

Already updated since first posting!!! So many acronyms… Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV) are some of the more advanced respiratory interventions being provided to some patients who experience COVID-related and non-COVID-related ARDS. These interventions are pretty much what they sound like: mechanical ventilation is provided to the patient with or withoutContinue reading “NIV/NIPPV”

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???”

Segmental Breathing

Thanks for checking out the next post in the pulmonary rehab toolbox! We’re going to talk about the performance and use of segmental breathing techniques. In relationship to COVID-19, segmental breathing can be utilized to target specific lung segments that have been affected by alveolar collapse or damage, but it can also be utilized toContinue reading “Segmental Breathing”

Glossopharyngeal Breathing

Hi everyone! Thanks for sticking with me on my post series for the pulmonary rehab toolbox! In my post on V/Q matching I talked a little bit about the use of dynamic hyper inflation techniques including glossopharyngeal breathing. This is a technique that we typically utilize for patients who have spinal cord injuries or otherContinue reading “Glossopharyngeal Breathing”

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”

A Homemade Mask That Might Actually Work?

Ok, so homemade masks are THE THING right now. You will see that even I am wearing one in my “About” picture. My wonderful PTA Melissa made this one. It has a pocket on the inside in which we have placed HEPA filters cut from the vacuum bags this doctor recommends. Some research will showContinue reading “A Homemade Mask That Might Actually Work?”

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”