PEPE™ Positive Expiratory Pressure Exerciser (Import from Australia)
The PEPE (similar to the Flutter) provides positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy for patients with mucus producing respiratory conditions including:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPDs), such as asthma
Other conditions producing retained secretions
How does PEPE work?
When you exhale (breathe out) through the PEPE, your breath moves the steel ball inside. This causes: 1) airway vibrations that loosen mucus and, 2) a slight increase in pressure that aids in keeping your airways open. This combined action of vibration and pressure results in the mucus moving progressively up your airways until you can cough it out.
Why airway clearance?
In many chronic pulmonary conditions there is a build-up of secretions in the airways. These secretions, if left in the airways, can block air passages, make breathing difficult, and provide an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and thrive – a primary cause of progressive, irreversible lung damage. Therefore, airway clearance is critical to your overall care. Daily airway clearance with the PEPE can help break this cycle of lung infection and damage.