• Sit on the edge of your bed if possible, or sit up as far as you can in bed.
  • Hold the incentive spirometer in an upright position.
  • Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and seal your lips tightly around it.
  • Breathe in slowly and as deeply as possible. Notice the yellow piston rising toward the top of the column. The yellow indicator should reach the blue outlined area.
  • Hold your breath as long as possible. Then exhale slowly and allow the piston to fall to the bottom of the column.
  • Rest for a few seconds and repeat steps one to five at least 10 times every hour.
  • Position the yellow indicator on the left side of the spirometer to show your best effort. Use the indicator as a goal to work toward during each slow deep breath.
  • After each set of 10 deep breaths, cough to be sure your lungs are clear. If you have an incision, support your incision when coughing by placing a pillow firmly against it.
  • Once you are able to get out of bed safely, take frequent walks and practice the cough. 

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