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Respiratory Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about respiratory care?

Respiratory care includes exercises and treatments to help you breathe better and keep your lungs healthy. Respiratory care helps prevent infections, such as pneumonia.

The Lungs

Which exercises and treatments might I need?

Your healthcare provider will tell you how often you need the following:

What do I need to know about deep breathing exercises to keep my lungs healthy?

Deep breathing exercises help open your airway and decrease your risk for a lung infection. You will need to take deep breaths and then cough. First, take a deep breath and hold it for as long as you can. Then let the air out and cough strongly. You may be given an incentive spirometer to help you take deep breaths. Put the plastic piece in your mouth and take a slow, deep breath. Then let the air out and cough. Repeat these steps 10 times. Do deep breathing exercises at least 4 times each day.

How to use and Incentive Spirometer

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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