People with lung problems are now resorting to using the Acapella Vibratory Device. This small hand-held device is a combination of a resistive pressure device & a vibratory device which can help clear mucus from the lungs. As a resistive pressure device, it works through pressurized breaths in order to splint the airways open. As a vibratory device, it shakes off the mucus & mucus plugs to let it lose free and be coughed up easily.
The benefits of Acapella Vibratory Device seem to make it better than CPT since it can clear secretions more effectively and it takes less time to do it. Most devices on the market are also easy to clean, to adjust and can virtually accommodate the lung capacity of a patient. Inhalation and exhalation is even tolerated without even removing it from the mouth. These devices can also be used with a mouthpiece or mask Nebulizer.
To use an Acapella Vibratory Device, you just need to:
Step 1: Set the adjustment dial.
Step 2: Sit upright with your elbows preferably resting comfortably on a table.
Step 3: Put the device in your mouth and tightly seal it with your lips.
Step 4: Take a deep breath and hold it for 2 to 3 seconds so that the air will move evenly through your lungs.
Step 5: Exhale slowly & forcefully into the device. Make sure you keep your cheeks hard & flat as you breathe out. You will feel a somewhat fluttering sensation both in your neck and lungs. There should also be a feel of vibrations in your chest. If theres none, you need to blow out using more force.
Step 6: Continue breathing out about 3 to 4 times as long as breathing in.
Step 7: Continue slow deep breaths as you breathe out through the valve of the Acapella Vibratory Device for 5 minutes (equivalent to 20 breaths).
Step 8: When you take out the mouthpiece, perform a huff cough. To do this, take a deep breath and hold it for 1 to 3 seconds. Afterwards, force all the air out of your lungs. Your mouth should be open the same way when you fog a mirror with your breath.
Step 9: You can repeat the steps for a certain number of minutes if prescribed by your doctor.
The Acapella Vibratory Device can also be used with a Nebulizer. You can just use it at the same time you take your nebulizer treatment.
Since the device is something you need to put in your mouth every time you use it, make sure you clean it before and after using it or at least twice a week. To clean the device, just remove the mouthpiece and put the two pieces on the top shelf youre your dishwasher. Then wash it using your normal dishwasher soap. You can also clean it warm soapy dishwater for about 5 minutes. Then rinse the parts before placing them in a bowl filled with rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes again. When you remove the device from the bowl, make sure you rinse it with sterile water (boiled water). Drain the device and dry it up using a clean paper towel.
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