What your DME companies hasn’t told you about Respiratory Therapies.

Respiratory Therapist that apply to patients suffering from acute or chronic respiratory problems in conjunction with medications, with respiratory pathologies (acute or chronic), cardiovascular, neuromuscular, abnormalities of the thoracic cage ( acute or chronic), decreased capacity of respiratory muscles. The application of these methods improves and strengthens the respiratory system, thus helping to maintain a better quality of life for patients, through respiratory exercises, chest physiotherapy, nebulization, aspiration of secretions, and others.


Different techniques are used such as pulmonary physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, humidification of the airways, spirometry, and pulse oximetry, among others.Physiotherapy treatments, in respiratory therapies, aim to reeducate the patient to improve their lung capacity. Restitutes lung function and improves the quality of life of patients.These procedures are applicable to adult, pediatric, neonatal, outpatient, or those undergoing thoracic and / or abdominal surgery.

Techniques and procedures used:

  • Oxygen Therapy: Application of supplemental oxygen by O2 concentrator or O2 tank; determined by pulse oximetry.
  • Inhaloterapia: Application of medicines in aerosol form by inhalation with mask, nozzle, T-adapter to improve ventilation.
  • Humidification of Airways: Maintain airways that are permeable to fluidize retained secretions that can be easily expelled, favoring the mechanism of cough and keeping the lungs oxygenated.
  • Aspiration of secretions: It is the extraction of secretions of the trachea bronchial tree through the nose, mouth or an artificial airway (TET or TQT), using sterile technique.
  • Maintain the patency of the airways.
  • Encourage respiratory ventilation.
  • Prevent infections and atelectasis caused by the accumulation of secretions.
  • Procedure with Cough Assist or Cough Assistant: The Cough Assist Machine helps remove secretions from the lungs by helping you breathe. The machine provides you with air by means of positive pressure to help you expand the lungs. When it expels air, the machine creates a suction force or negative pressure that draws air from your lungs. This rapid change in pressure during breathing helps you cough harder and better.
  • Chest physiotherapy: Techniques of percussion, vibration and postural drainage, which allow removing, mobilize, detach bronchial secretions and help muscle relaxation.
  • Respiratory Rehabilitation: Techniques aimed at strengthening the muscles of breathing after surgical events or chronic respiratory or neurological diseases through respiratory exercises such as pursed lips, candle exercise, diaphragmatic breathing, deep breathing exercise, assisted cough, bubble exercises, endless bands, incentive spirometer, acapella, muscle trainer, terapep, flutter, among others.
  • Pulse Oximetry: It allows to monitor the oxygenation and the heart rate in patients with respiratory diseases, and to determine the administration of supplemental oxygen.