What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

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What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby TurnBackOMan » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:06 pm

I am looking on Amazon for an Ambu bag, but most of them have masks rather than tubing. If I were to get one from the following link, would it be an adequate model?


also, is there some standard size tubing through which I would inhale – I know it's the same kind of tubing as on an inspirometer, but is there a specific size I need?

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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby lousaporito » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:08 am

Hi Vin, All Ambu bags have a 22mm OD output and can connect to a piece of 22 mm corregated tubing to which a mouthpiece with a 22mm end is added. The easiest way to get these 2 items is to get a nebulizer set which usually contains a mouthpiece and 6" piece of tubing, as you mentioned the same items can be found with an incentive spirometer kit. Best Wishes,

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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby lousaporito » Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:11 am

Also any adult size bag is adequate
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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby TurnBackOMan » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:02 pm

Thanks Lou, just what I need!

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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby Noninvasive » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:55 am

Hello, I work in neuromuscular disease outpatient unit. On the same issue: is an one way valve necessary for air stacking with an ambu and how ( and where) can I find one?

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Postby bachjr » Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:14 pm

The Ambu bags COME with them!
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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby Noninvasive » Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:56 pm

Thank you. Then one more question. For a patient with a neuromuscular disease who is clinical stable and without increased secretions, should "air-stacking" be prescribed as a regular daily treatment, i.e. a substitute of normal cough. And if yes which would be a standard treatment schedule? Or should we train simply patients and relatives for the case of a respiratory exacerbation?

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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby michaelchiou » Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:15 pm

Air stacking should be used regularly to maintain/improve lung compliance. A good recommended schedule is 3 sessions per day (with 15 stacks per session). This video by Lou should help: https://youtu.be/yBGqx9F7FOk

Patients and relatives should be trained in air stacking to prevent atelectasis. It can also be used (sometimes with an abdominal thrust) to help clear secretions. Patients and relatives should be reminded that if assisted cough and aggressive coughassist use do not maintain oxygen saturations above 94%, then they must seek medical care and go to the emergency room.
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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby Noninvasive » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:07 pm

Thank you!

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Re: What are the pieces I need for using Ambu bag air stacking?

Postby michaelchiou » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:33 pm

Anytime. Welcome to our community!
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