PEP-Therapy

Westmed’s Variable Expiratory Resistor provides PEP which promotes lung expansion and airway clearance.

Westmed offers an inexpensive, easy-to-implement, and time-saving solution for providing PEP during aerosol therapy with the Circulaire II aerosol delivery system, or airway clearance with the Vibralung Acoustical Percussor. Westmed’s Variable Expiratory Resistor provides PEP which promotes lung expansion and airway clearance.

PEP Therapy is built into the Circulaire II Aerosol Delivery Device and the Vibralung Acoustical Percussor

PEP is the acronym for Positive Expiratory Pressure, the technique of applying resistance to the exhalation phase of breathing in order to slow expiratory flow, build up a modest amount of back-pressure, slightly prolong the expiratory phase and dilate and “splint” the airways and alveoli. In so doing, a number of therapeutic benefits are conferred to the patient:

PEP Schematic

Pursed-lips breathing, or use of a fixed-orifice resistor, such as a PEP device, creates back-pressure that splints the airways open during exhalation.

1. Prevent small airway collapse.
2. Promote airway clearance through airway dilation.
3. Promote lung expansion.
4. Improve aerosol distribution and deposition when used concomitantly with aerosol delivery.

All Circulaire II High-Efficiency Aerosol Drug Delivery and Vibralung Acoustical Percussor systems include a Variable Expiratory Resistor that allows the cross-sectional area of the exhalation port to be varied from a “wide open” zero resistance position to a “closed down” position that slightly restricts expiratory airflow and imposes a small amount of PEP (0 to ~5 cmH2O) during quiet breathing.

pep therapy open and closed
VER with Manometer

All Circulaire II High-Efficiency Aerosol Drug Delivery and Vibralung Acoustical Percussor systems include a Variable Expiratory Resistor that allows the cross-sectional area of the exhalation port to be varied from a “wide open” zero resistance position to a “closed down” position that slightly restricts expiratory airflow and imposes a small amount of PEP (0 to ~5 cmH2O) during quiet breathing.

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