How To Use An Incentive Spirometer – The Nebraska Medical Center


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.

9 thoughts on “How To Use An Incentive Spirometer – The Nebraska Medical Center

  1. To whomever it may concern,
    Hello! I'm a student at an international school in Seoul (Dwight School Seoul). I would like to ask for your permission to use part of your video of using the spirometer as part of my video. I will only be using the part where you are using the spirometer and I will make sure to give you credit in the credits section, fully and completely. I will not use this part of the video for anything to earn money elsewhere and I will just use this video for educational purposes. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message.
    Sincerely, a student at Dwight School Seoul

  2. @what's up, the video is well presented. What else do you want? 1 minute and 29 seconds and you have to find something to complain about.

    Good job ladies

  3. Hi! I would also like to use a small portion of your video in a course if possible (52 sec-1:11). I am trying to help pharmacy students differentiate between IS, peak flow meters, and spirometry. I would, of course, include an appropriate credit/citation 🙂 Thanks for considering.

  4. Do you inhale slowly or inhale slowly to move the marker up.  Some videos say slowly inhale and some videos say slowly exhale????? Or, does it make a difference?  I'm confused.

  5. I used one of these when I was little because I couldn't breathe on my own so when I would use a machine to help me breathe, I would use this thing every so often to see if I had improved.

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