The Basics of Lung Auscultation

If you are going to be providing pulmonary interventions, you should probably have a strong idea of how to auscultate the lungs. The importance of this is pretty paramount. You have to know WHAT you are listening for and you have to know HOW to listen. There are a lot of variables when it comesContinue reading “The Basics of Lung Auscultation”

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”