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Which client action indicates an accurate understanding of the technique?
A nurse has been teaching a client how to use an incentive spirometer that he must use at home for several days after discharge.



A. The client takes slow, deep breaths to elevate the spirometer ball.
B. The client takes rapid, shallow breaths to elevate the ball.
C. The client tilts the spirometer down when using it.
D. The client uses the device while lying supine.

This question is part of basic physical care (part 1)

Asked by Wyatt, Last updated: Aug 05, 2020

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J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich, Web Content Writer, New York City

Answered Jan 28, 2019

Usually if a patient has been in the hospital for a long period of time, he or she will need to use a incentive spirometer in order to not get pneumonia. An incentive spirometer is used to help patients breathe better and make sure that their lungs continue to work properly.

Usually, the incentive spirometer is used while the patient is still in the hospital. The nurse will teach the patient how to use it. The patient will be shown how far he should suck in and breathe out. The patient will practice every few hours. Then when the patient is discharged, he or she will continue to practice it. The client will be advised to take slow and deep breaths. This will cause the spirometer ball to elevate to a certain amount.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

The client takes slow, deep breaths to elevate the spirometer ball.-rationale: when using an incentive spirometer, the client should take slow, deep breaths. this action ensures maximum ventilation, which elevates the ball (or disk) inside the spirometer. rapid, shallow breathing doesnt allow maximum ventilation and lung expansion. the client should hold the spirometer upright; when tilted, a spirometer requires less effort to raise the ball. during spirometry, the client should sit upright rather than lie supine to promote maximum ventilation.client needs category: health promotion and maintenanceclient needs subcategory: nonecognitive level: comprehensionreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 846.
 

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