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hornetmom63
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  10:36:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know anything about EzPAP. When my mom was in the hospital last the resp.therapist made a comments about it. He said it is really hard but it works.



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jmrommes
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  10:59:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know anything about EZ-pap. Could he have been talking about a C-pap for sleep apnea? Or perhaps a Bi-pap? Both are often used for COPD patients...the c-pap for sleep apnea and the bi-pap for sleep apnea and sometimes for CO2 retention.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  11:01:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

EzPAP® is the easy option for the prevention and treatment of atelectasis and a medical need for lung expansion therapy. When incentive spirometry alone won't open patient's airways, expand your options with EzPAP®.

It makes providing positive airway pressure positively easy. Simply connect to a flow meter (wall air or O2 for enhanced FiO2), adjust 5-15 lpm, and instruct the patient to breathe normally through the mouthpiece or mask. Just a few minutes of therapy, as needed - not for hours at a time.

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jmrommes
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  12:02:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Dave.......I learned something!

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CarolCA
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  3:42:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is this something a patient would use at home? It sounds like it could be dangerous for some people and it doesn't sound like the Acapella or Flutter. It sounds like something that would only be used in rare cases.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jul 10 2011 :  10:39:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I edited the wrong post.

It is like the Acapella or Flutter. Here is a great site I just found.

http://respiratorytherapycave.blogspot.com/2009/05/faq-about-pulmonary-toilet.html

It works like those devices. I am not sure it can be used for out patient.


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Christin-NE
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Posted - Jul 11 2011 :  5:12:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The EZ-pap is a great little gadget...you can even attach a nebulizer cup to it and the patient can do a neb treatment while using the EZ-pap. Unfortunately, it can't be used in an outpatient setting because it needs to be attached to a flow meter, we usually set it on 7 lpm. The only time we use them though is if someone isn't able to use an incentive spirometer (those things you get after surgery).

EZ-pap is not difficult to use and I have never had a complaint that it was too hard to do. It is important to keep the little alveoli open and not get atelectasis in order to keep pneumonia at bay!
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CarolCA
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Posted - Jul 12 2011 :  6:15:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Christin, don't the machines like this create a lot of back pressure in the lungs? I have a large bullae and have always been afraid to use anything that creates pressure.
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Christin-NE
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Posted - Jul 12 2011 :  8:35:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carol, you can control the amount of flow...and I really haven't had any problems with those who have bullae. It does create back pressure, but not a lot more than pursed lip breathing. The only time we use them is if a person is unable or unwilling to use the handheld incentive spirometer and really needs it.

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CarolCA
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Posted - Jul 13 2011 :  01:27:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, I was thinking of the Acapella,etc that get up mucous more than this as someone said they were they were similar.
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