Hi, I’m Sandy and this is Sara. We’re
respiratory therapists here at The Nebraska Medical Center. We are here to demonstrate
the use of the incentive Spirometer. When used according to your physician instructions,
this device will help you maintain and improve respiratory fitness. Normally we take many
deep breaths each hour, usually without being aware of it. They are spontaneous and automatic.
When you are experiencing pain after chest or abdominal surgery, for example, breathing
tends to become shallow. And deep breaths are suppressed in an effort to minimize pain.
In these instances, it’s important that you try to resume your normal breathing pattern,
despite any discomfort you may feel. Taking deep breaths will help prevent the possibility
of respiratory complications. Sara’s going to exhale naturally and place
the device in her mouth and inhale, taking a nice big deep breath in. When you’re inhaling,
you want to make sure that this flow cup is maintained in the best flow range. The white
piston moves up very slowly. Then do a nice breath hold for five seconds and exhale. After your final breath hold, we encourage
you to cough to clear any secretions that you may have. We look forward to being a part
of your successful recovery here at The Nebraska Medical Center.