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June 3, 2024

How to Disassemble a Capella Device

Some people with chronic lung conditions find that they have sputum/phlegm (lung secretions) that can be difficult to clear. The acapella aids airway clearance by providing resistance when you exhale and a vibration that helps to loosen the secretions from the walls of the airways.

It also creates a small amount of back pressure in the airways which encourages secretions to move up from the smaller, peripheral airways where they are normally held. This makes it much easier to cough out the sputum and may help to prevent it from getting stuck in the throat or lungs. The acapella is also gentle on the airways and can be used with a mask or mouthpiece nebulizer.

To use the acapella, sit up with good posture or lie in a postural drainage position (your physiotherapist will advise you of these). Place the white rocker assembly into the base unit and press down onto it – you will hear a click. Then fit the cover and you are ready to use the device.

When you are using the acapella, it is important to take in a deep breath to fill the lungs and avoid a ‘sucking’ sensation. Then breathe out through the device. It is a good idea to practise huffing and coughing while you are using the acapella so that you can get familiar with how to do this effectively. This will require a lot of practice and it is advisable to get your respiratory physiotherapist to demonstrate this technique to you.

The acapella is easily cleaned and can be sterilised in the same way that you would your nebulizer. It is recommended that the acapella be washed after each use and then rinsed thoroughly with clean water before being allowed to dry. It is also a good idea to sterilise the acapella at least once a week. The best method is to use a steam steriliser, but you can also sterilise it in a bowl of boiling water.

The acapella is an easy to use and easy to clean alternative to chest physical therapy (CPT). It takes less than half the time of CPT sessions*, is easier to tolerate, is suitable for patients with a range of sputum production and can be used in conjunction with nebulizers. It also offers the flexibility of adjusting frequency and flow resistance by turning an adjustment dial. It is suitable for patients with a variety of pulmonary diseases, including COPD, Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. The acapella is also available with a portex adapter for use with inline nebulizers. *Acapella can be used for up to half an hour if used in conjunction with nebulizer.