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The Shaker Medic Plus by POWERbreathe is a mucus clearance device. It can be sterilised in an autoclave making it ideal for clinical settings. It is suitable for both children and adults.
This gravity-dependent OPEP (oscillatory positive expiratory pressure) device is easy to use for mobilising pulmonary secretions such as mucus and catarrh. A 2018 study found “the gravity-dependent devices were the ones to display close mechanical performances and produce optimal operational parameters at the simulated exhalation settings.”
Each Shaker OPEP device requires a minimum pressure of cmH2O when exhaling, with Shaker Medic Plus requiring the least amount of pressure and the Shaker Deluxe requiring the most. This Shaker Medic Plus requires 8cmH2O.
For hygienic reasons, the Shaker is for individual use only.
Like the other Shaker products, inside the casing of the shaker is a weighted ball. By breathing into the Shaker Medic Plus, the ball is raised but then falls under its own weight. This rise and fall action happens extremely quickly and to the user, feels like a vibration. This vibration, combined with the gentle resistance created by breathing against the ball causes a number of positive benefits. Changes in air pressure mean the smaller airways are encouraged to open, increasing lung usage and efficiency. Mucus is thinned or dislodged by the vibration and increased airflow helps this mucus to move to the large airways where gentle coughing can expel it.
The Shaker Medic Plus is the next generation model that employs improved airflow for higher intensity vibrations. Excellent for increasing expectoration, improving lung function and reducing dyspnoea. It is particularly beneficial for conditions such as COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis and Bronchitis.
The major benefit of the Shaker Medic Plus ‘multi-user’ version is that it can be reused when sterilised in an autoclave between uses.
How To Use
It is best if you use the Shaker either sitting down or lying down, as you may become dizzy while using the device. If you do become dizzy, stop performing the exercise and breathe calmly through your nose.
The ability to rotate the mouthpiece enables you to use the Shaker device while reclining. Physiotherapists refer to this as postural drainage. Additionally when lying down, make sure your head is slightly elevated.
You may need to adapt the exercise to achieve the greatest and most effective vibration in your rib cage. This can be done by experimenting with the incline of the device and the intensity of the expired airflow.
Minimum pressure required when using Shaker products:
Care & Maintenance
Because your Shaker Medic Plus will be exposed to saliva during use, we recommend that your Shaker Medic Plus is cleaned after each use, following standard autoclave processes.
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