Incentive spirometry with expiratory positive airway pressure reduces pulmonary complications, improves pulmonary function and 6-minute walk distance in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

@article{Haeffener2008IncentiveSW,
  title={Incentive spirometry with expiratory positive airway pressure reduces pulmonary complications, improves pulmonary function and 6-minute walk distance in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery.},
  author={Mauren Porto Haeffener and Gl{\'o}ria Menz Ferreira and S{\'e}rgio Saldanha Menna Barreto and Ross Arena and Pedro Dall'ago},
  journal={American heart journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={156 5},
  pages={900.e1-900.e8}
}
BACKGROUND The use of the incentive spirometry (IS) with expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is not well established. This study sought to determine the effects of IS+EPAP after CABG. METHODS Thirty-four patients undergoing CABG were randomly assigned to a control group or IS+EPAP group. Maximal respiratory pressures, pulmonary function test, 6-minute walk test and chest x-ray were… CONTINUE READING
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