Do you have a clever way to do IS teaching? - page 2

I work on a Med-surg unit with adult patients and I teach all of them how to use incentive spirometry. But you know what I realized, I'm bad at teaching it! I'm such a poor teacher when it comes to... Read More

  1. Visit  Peeker19 profile page
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    Ok here is my instructions..... First I want you to take a deep breath out like this (show them)...Put your mouth around it (again show them without actually putting your mouth on it LOL) and take a slow deep breath in and hold it like your sucking on a straw.... The goal is for you to make this white thing get to at least 2500 if you can... Go ahead and do this a couple of times... not in a row we dont want you hyperventilating!! Do it at least 10 times an hour while your awake.

    Works everytime... usually dont have to show them more than once Hope that helps!
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  2. Visit  mitral profile page
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    I tell my patients to pretend theyre drinking a thick milkshake; most of them are NPO at this point because theyre post-op and they love this lol. And it is amazing how just cheering people on can get them to use that IS! I was afraid at first that it would be too juvenile for adult patients but most really like it. No matter how high they get it I say "I bet you can get it twice as high!" Then when they are REALLY trying and doing it right I say something like "Wow! Most people can't get it that high so soon! Good job!" Cuz' humans love a little competition (Some people just flat out feel like crap and find this cheerfulness annoying. I tone it down for them!) Also pop your head in the door randomly and remind them to use it with a big smile, because they often forget. 9 out of 10 times when I come back in to check on them they brag about how well theyre doing with it.
  3. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    I have a colleague who just yells "SUCK! Don't BLOW!" It always sounds so funny when you hear her yelling at some little old man!
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  4. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    "Use this or you will catch pneumonia and die"
    (maybe word it a little differently)
  5. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    "Use this or you will catch pneumonia and die"
    (maybe word it a little differently)
    That wording works!
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  6. Visit  TriciaJ profile page
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    I've had little old ladies who couldn't grasp the "suck" concept. As soon as they got their lips around it they had to blow, despite repeated instructions. So I'd put a straw in some liquid and tell them to blow bubbles, then ask them how much liquid they were able to take in that way. They knew they got more by sucking on the straw, not blowing. I'd tell them the same principle worked with the IS. Sometimes they actually got it. Sometimes I had to resort to teaching deep breathing.
  7. Visit  miranda819 profile page
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    I tell my pt to imagine you are sucking a milkshake through a McDonald's straw. To get them to do it 10x an hour I tell them that if they are watching TV, grab the IS and do it a few times every time there are commercials, they usually get 10 in no time!
  8. Visit  thinwildmercury profile page
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    I always say "you suck, you don't blow" although some of the hard of hearing patients hear the "blow" at the end and still get it wrong... then I use the straw example and I don't leave until they correctly demonstrate it.
  9. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    Quote from miranda819
    I tell my pt to imagine you are sucking a milkshake through a McDonald's straw. To get them to do it 10x an hour I tell them that if they are watching TV, grab the IS and do it a few times every time there are commercials, they usually get 10 in no time!
    Usually by the time I get the patient (I'm a student) they've gotten at least something about how to use the IS, particularly that they have to inhale to work it. I just tell them that they need to use it 10x per hour... and if they're watching TV, to use it just once every time they see a commercial. Since there are commercial breaks about every 5-8 minutes, and usually 3-4 commercials per break, even if they miss a few commercials, they're still getting >10x IS uses per hour.
  10. Visit  Lev <3 profile page
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    I tell them to take a normal breath then breathe in with their mouth over the mouth piece and hold for 1-2 seconds, while trying to keep the little chip between the arrows. Try to do it 10 times every hour or two, whenever you are bored. I also warn them about pneumonia. Actually I usually preface it with a little speech about narcotics, anesthesia, and breathing.
  11. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Well, you need to know your audience but I've had some success (and lots of laughs) by saying, "think about snapping bong hits."

    I did get scolded once by a nursing manager but it was entirely appropriate - and effective - with this patient.


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