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Strategies to Care for Your Breathing Muscles

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There are three main reasons why caring for your breathing – respiratory – muscles is vitally important:

  1. They are needed to facilitate an effective cough
  2. Proper ventilation
  3. Reducing the risk of infection

Below we’ve pin pointed the respiratory therapies discussed in the ‘Strategies to Care for Your Breathing Muscles’ seminar that can be viewed below. Remember that coughing and removing secretions is of the utmost importance, and for more information please watch the playlist, read the Respiratory Care Guide, and speak with your doctor and/or Regional Services person. All of the therapies mentioned can also be found in the Respiratory Care Guide.

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Pulmonary Hygiene Therapies

Pulmonary hygiene keeps your airways clear and lungs stretchy. This helps you cough and prevent infection.

  • Self assisted cough – techniques described in the Respiratory Care Guide
  • Caregiver/assistant assisted cough – techniques described in the Respiratory Care Guide
  • Lung volume recruitment, also known as  breath stacking therapy
  • Mechanical cough assist (mechanical insufflators – exsufflator)

Non – Invasive

Non-invasive ventilation uses a mask or other type of interface (eg. mouthpiece or a sip-straw) to deliver air from a ventilator. This does not require a surgical procedure. Ventilation therapy helps you get oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of your body.

  • Bi-level positive airway pressure
  • Non-invasive ventilator support

Invasive

Invasive ventilation delivers air via tubing from a ventilator through a tracheostomy, which is inserted through a surgically created hole in the windpipe (trachea). Ventilation therapy helps you get oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of your body.

  • Tracheostomy – a surgical incision to the neck

 

You can find out more about all of the therapies mentioned above in the Respiratory Care Guide.

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