How to Write Patient Teaching Plans for Peak Flow Meters

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Before writing patient teaching plans for the peak flow meter, it's important to understand how the peak flow meter works. Discover how to read a peak respiratory flow meter according to established guidelines with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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How to write patient teaching plans for peak flow meter? Well first of all you want to obtain the peak respiratory flow meter. It measures how much air you can actually bring in to your air into your lungs and forcefully exhale at one time. The way that you would be showed this is at your doctor would be the one to show you how to use this and he would show you where and how to chart with your name and the date, initial base line and it's also based on your gender and how tall you are and how old you are. The, you would clear the mouth, if you're going to use your peak flow meter, you would clear your mouth, make sure there's nothing in your mouth and you would exhale all the air out as possibly as much as you could without using the peak flow meter and then you would inhale deeply as much air as you can bring into your air, to your lungs and you blow it all out through the mouthpiece, which is the little white thing on the end here and you would forcefully exhale all of the air in your lungs. You would chart this reading, this would be your initial baseline. This would be, the baseline where you're not having any asthma symptoms but it would be a day of normality to you. Then you would do this two more times, you're not taking a reading of an average, but you are recording the highest number that you can get and you just try and get the very best of your personal best. You will record this and then you would assist yourself according to the guidelines that's been establish by your doctor. You might notice that there's a red and a yellow and a green lines or little monitors on here. And the green is normal which is really good to be able to, idea it with stoplight. If you have green it means you're normal, it's go. If it's yellow it means caution. There, you might need medications; you would have to look to see what your doctor order when it's in the yellow zone. And in the red zone, you would be calling the emergency room or you'd be going on your way to the emergency room or calling 911 because you're in the red zone which means that you are in danger. I hope this has helped you and help to write patient teaching plans for your peak flow meter.

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