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Smiths Medical Portex Acapella Vibratory PEP Therapy System is a Respiratory Therapy used for Breathing Therapy that combines the benefits of PEP therapy and airway vibrates to mobilize pulmonary secretions. Manufactured by Portex, the Acapella Device can be used sitting down, standing or reclined. Another benefit to PEP therapy and a vibratory valve is that it is much easier to tolerate than Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) and takes half the time of a conventional CPT session. Technically speaking, the valve facilitates the opening of airways in patients with lung disease who have secretory problems such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, or Cystic Fibrosis. The vibratory valve comes with instructions as well on how to operate the unit and optimally use it to your benefit.
There are two color-coded options when using the Acapella mucus clearance apparatus: blue and green. The blue model is low-flow, working less than 15 liters per minute (LPM) for three seconds, and the green model is high flow, working more than 15 LPM for three seconds. If you are unsure which model you are best suited for, we suggest consulting your doctor. Each therapy model is designed based on clinical needs. You can, however, adjust the Acapella valve frequency and flow resistance by adjusting a dial.
Portex also manufactures an unit that disassembles for cleaning called Choice. The Acapella breathing device can be easily cleaned by removing the mouth piece, rinsing with warm soapy water and letting it air dry.
Product Features & Benefits
- Combines the benefits of both PEP therapy and airway vibrations to mobilize pulmonary secretions and can be used in virtually any spatial orientation.
- Can accommodate virtually any lung capacity and therefore any patient.
- When in use, the valve makes a percussing sound
- May be used with mask or mouthpiece Nebulizer.
- Allows inhalation and exhalation without removal from mouth.
- Cough Assist aspiratory valve.
- Expiratory resistance dial.
- Incorporates PEP therapy and vibratory valve
- Product Numbers: 21-1015, 21-1530.
- Blue model: <15 LPM for three seconds.
- Green model: >15 LPM for three seconds.
- Patented rocker mechanism.
- 22 mm OD ambient end.
- 22 mm OD patient end.
- Manufacturer: Portex.
- HCPCS code: E0484.
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Product QuestionsWill Medicare or Medicare pay for itQuestion by: Jamie on Jun 10, 2016 2:06:00 PMIn an effort to keep our prices low, we do not bill Medicare or insurance companies. Feel free to contact Medicare for information about reimbursement.Answer by: Shain Gillet (Admin) on Apr 4, 2017 12:02:00 PMHow do you take it appart to clean it?Question by: Maria Burke on Mar 31, 2016 8:10:00 PMThere is a YouTube video which instructs the use and cleaning of Acapella Choice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=b2RhtbBIi3wAnswer by: Gay Salinas on Apr 23, 2018 4:22:41 PMPut fingers on the ribs just forward of the mouthpiece-squeeze and pull upAnswer by: William Graul, Jr on Apr 30, 2017 9:02:17 AMI have COPD not on oxygen yet my doctor told me there's nothing that proves they work that being said which one would be right for me I'm in the beginning stages of COPDQuestion by: Joe on Jun 5, 2017 5:46:00 AMWe do not employ any medical professionals and therefore cannot make any recommendations regarding products sold on our site. We recommend speaking with your physician for a clearer answer.Answer by: Shain Gillet (Admin) on Jun 5, 2017 8:22:00 AMDoes one need a prescription from dr. Before purchasing the Acapella? I was told you do.
Angela BeamsQuestion by: Angela Beams on Apr 5, 2017 12:04:00 PMThis item does not require a prescription before purchasing.Answer by: Shain Gillet (Admin) on Apr 7, 2017 9:15:00 AMWhat is the correct way to use it? I have one but I'm not sure about using it correctly.Question by: Maria Burke on Mar 31, 2016 8:15:00 PMWe do not employ any medical professionals and therefore cannot answer any specific questions regarding this item. It's best in this case to contact your physician for a clearer answer.Answer by: Shain Gillet (Admin) on Aug 31, 2016 3:09:00 PM