peak flow meter


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peak flow meter

a hand-held device that measures peak expiratory flow; useful for self-monitoring of airway obstruction in asthma.

peak flow meter

n.
A portable instrument that detects minute decreases in air flow, used by people with asthma to monitor small changes in breathing capacity.

peak flow meter

an instrument for measuring the flow of air in the early part of forced expiration.
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Peak flow meter

peak flow·me·ter, peak flow meter

(pēk flō'mē-tĕr)
A portable device for measuring and displaying the highest level of expiratory flow produced by a patient; commonly used to monitor pulmonary function in patients with a reversible disease of the airways.
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Every child with asthma should know his or her own peak flow meter ranges and what they mean.
He added: 'At present, only ten per cent of asthma sufferers use peak flow meters as monitoring devices but we believe that the advantages offered by the PiKo device, and its listing on the UK drugs tariff, will encourage wider use.
Thus, patients in the pharmaceutical care program group received a peak flow meter and personalized instruction about its use during the baseline interview.
A peak flow meter measures the rate at which a person can empty their lungs - asthma causes narrowing of the airways making it more difficult to shift air in and out of the lungs.
She measured his air flow with his peak flow meter, noticing his pale color.
Until then, Martin believes, all asthmatics should monitor their lung function with a device called a peak flow meter.
Students with asthma should have a peak flow meter at school to help them and school personnel monitor their lung function.
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Current methods of measuring breathing can prove difficult for some as they require the asthmatic to blow as hard as they can into the peak flow meter.
If the patient uses a peak flow meter at home and finds increasing bronchial hyperresponsiveness, she can treat herself and may avoid the exacerbation altogether," he said.
As part of the program, children receive a spacer and a peak flow meter, a breathing apparatus that helps the child judge whether he needs medication, how well he is responding to asthma medication, or whether he needs to see a doctor.
Bring your medicines and written action plan to each visit, if you use a peak flow meter, bring it to each visit.