Download your sample respiratory muscle strength training protocol for tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation. This three page protocol provides information on using a respiratory muscle strength training device directly at the hub of the tracheostomy for inspiratory/expiratory strength training as well as use of a mouthpiece for use with a speaking valve, finger occlusion or cap.
Respiratory muscle strength training can focus on either the inspiratory or expiratory muscles of respiration.
Respiratory muscle strength training has clinical benefits including:
- improved dyspnea
- peak cough flow
- laryngeal function
- quality of life
- vent weaning
- swallow performance
These benefits can translate to patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation. Many of these patients have underlying medical conditions such as stroke, COPD, Parkinson’s Disease, ARDS or other conditions that have been shown to benefit from RMT.
It’s important to always use discretion as every patient is different and to make sure that a doctor has cleared the patient to perform respiratory muscle strength training prior to use.