Showing posts with label incentive spirometry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label incentive spirometry. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2019

Effect of an Incentive Spirometer Patient Reminder After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Link to Abstract

Let’s talk about something that’s ubiquitous and yet has some poor data behind it. As the title says, I’m referring to the #incentivespirometer. I’ve always shrugged my shoulders when patients refuse to do it as often as they should (you know, the plastic device is over by the windowsill and the patient is on the other side of the room) and perhaps incorrectly so after this study. The sample size seemed a bit small, 80 in each group, and the primary outcome is #radiologist based #correlateclinically. Either way, they were able to show some good secondary outcomes and in a world where we are being evaluated for every single extra day in length of stay, that may be the single biggest finding of this study (at least in my opinion). As mentioned in the study, we spend a billion dollars a year on these things. Guess I need to invest in those companies haha. But seriously, there’s no way we are getting them out of our facilities to save that cash so we might as well use them properly.