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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Oscillating Positive Pressure Devices, or mucus clearance devices to you and me!

I have been asked to post a quick recap of the information about Oscillating Positive Pressure Devices or as known to you and me the Shaker, the Flutter and the Pari O-PEP. To see our range click HERE

For some of you mucus in your airways becomes stickier making it difficult to clear and this can lead to infection making your airways swell and produce even more mucus. This in turn results in further infection which can eventually lead to lung damage. One possible treatment of these symptoms along with mucolytics is airway clearance techniques  It is vital that these are recommended and monitored by a Physiotherapist or Respiratory Nurse as everyone is an individual and they are not suitable for everyone

When you breathe out through these devices, pressure builds up in your lungs, helping to keep the airways open wide and allowing air to get behind the sputum, moving it upwards. The vibrations transmitted through the chest wall from the device help to loosen any sputum stuck to the sides of the airways. 
Your health professional should show you how to use these devices and each unit comes with full instructions, but as a quick guide

Treatment can be carried out in sitting or any postural drainage position (where possible).
Relaxing your stomach muscles take a few normal breaths before starting.
Close your lips around the mouthpiece and make sure to make a  good seal.
Start by taking a slightly bigger than normal breath in through your nose, then breathe out through the device. You may feel vibrations on your chest wall.
Repeat this eight to ten times. You should then put the device down and cough to clear any sputum. Then relax before starting again.
Aim to continue for about 15  minutes or until you have cleared all your sputum.

Customer feedback with all these devices is always very positive especially when recommended by your heath professional and with the new Shakers and the Pari O-PEP even the cost is less prohibitive. If you have any questions at all please call us on 01942 701210 and you can explore further through the clickable links in this blog, our kindred spirits or for our website click HERE