CareTips

Breathing

CareTip 2: Provox® Xtra HMEs

After your laryngectomy, the function of the nose and upper airways are lost because you are breathing through your stoma instead of your nose. The air you breathe is not warmed or humidified, often resulting in increased sputum production and coughing...

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CareTip 18: Abdominal Breathing

What is abdominal breathing? • Breathing from your abdomen by using your diaphragm (which is underneath your lungs) instead of using your chest muscles. • Moves more air into and out of the lungs

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CareTip 20: Breathing through a Stoma

Your nose and upper airway condition the air you breathe by providing heat and humidity. Because a laryngectomy reroutes your airway intake to the stoma (or tracheostoma) and bypasses the nose, a different method of conditioning is needed. Without conditioning, the cool, dry air you breathe in often causes unpleasant side effects such as increased mucus production and coughing, sleeplessness, and other social problems.

Caretip 20 MC1981 Breathing through a Stoma

CareTip 22: How to use Provox Luna

Provox Luna is a solution designed to help you sleep comfortably, to soothe your skin and to improve lung health. Provox Luna is a complete nighttime system that includes Provox Luna Adhesive made from skin-friendly hydrogel, a soft heat and moisture exchanger called Provox Luna HME, and Luna ShowerAid with special strips to keep the adhesive in place when showering.

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Living

Speaking

CareTip 6: Occluding Your Stoma with Your Heat and Moisture Exchanger

Press on the HME with your finger to occlude the stoma. Practice in front of a mirror if you are having a hard time getting a good occlusion. 2. Say “hay.” 3. Take your finger off the HME after you have spoken...

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CareTip 9: Electrolarynx - Basic training

• Just mouth the words when you are learning to speak with the EL. • Keep your arm close to your chest when you are speaking, it helps position the head of the EL against your neck. • Keep your chin in a natural position and do not force air out of your stoma when trying to speak

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CareTip 15: Provox® FreeHands FlexiVoice™

A speaking valve and Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) with both automatic and manual occlusion.

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CareTip 17: Occluding Your Stoma Without an HME

Make sure your stoma is clean. If you are wearing an HME, it is still a good idea to practice occluding your stoma without your HME. There may be a time when you may not be wearing your HME and you will need to speak

Caretip 17 MC1970 Occluding Stoma without HME

CareTip 19: Improve Your Speech

When using a voice prosthesis, fluency of speech and the ease of speaking depend on a number of systems working together. • Breath support. • Coordination of occluding your stoma. • Coordination of voicing, specifically, the length of your phrases and pausing at natural places in sentences. This improves your ability to speak naturally and easy.

Caretip 19 MC1969 Improve Your Speech

Voice Prosthesis Caretips

CareTip 1: Daily Care of your Voice Prosthesis - Provox® Brush and Flush

To help improve performance and prolong device life, clean your voice prosthesis in the morning, evening and after each meal using the Provox Brush and the Provox Flush...

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CareTip 7: Provox Voice Prosthesis - Is your VP leaking?

Typical signs your voice prosthesis is leaking: •Coughing during or after eating and drinking •Fluid/food-stained mucus •increased mucus •Recurrent chest infections

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CareTip 10: What to do if your Voice Prosthesis falls out

Do not panic, assess the situation* 1. Are you having difficulty breathing? • If so, seek medical attention immediately 2. Is the voice prosthesis lost? Do you believe the voice prosthesis fell into your trachea (windpipe) and possibly into your lungs? • If so, seek medical attention immediately

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CareTip 14: Extending the life of your Voice Prosthesis

Suggestions and Anecdotal Treatments Used in the Field that May Help Extend the Life of your Provox® Voice Prosthesis

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CareTip 23: Provox® ActiValve®

Provox ActiValve voice prosthesis (VP) is intended for those people who experience early leakage (device life less than 4-8 weeks). Provox ActiValve has magnets to help the valve stay closed. It works similarly to a Provox® Vega™ or Provox®2 voice prosthesis but does require additional maintenance and attention to precautions.

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HME CareTips

CareTip 2: Provox® Xtra HMEs

After your laryngectomy, the function of the nose and upper airways are lost because you are breathing through your stoma instead of your nose. The air you breathe is not warmed or humidified, often resulting in increased sputum production and coughing...

Caretip 02 MC0685 Provox vp care brush flush

CareTip 6: Occluding Your Stoma with an HME

1. Press on the HME with your finger to occlude the stoma. Practice in front of a mirror if you are having a hard time getting a good occlusion. 2. Say “hay.” 3. Take your finger off the HME after you have spoken. Be careful not to release your finger too early

Caretip 06 MC0688 Occluding Stoma with HME

CareTip 15: Provox® FreeHands FlexiVoice™

A speaking valve and Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) with both automatic and manual occlusion.

Caretip 15 MC1330 FreeHands Flexivoice

CareTip 16: Using the Provox® HME Cassette Adaptor

After a tracheostomy, you breathe through a tracheotomy tube and bypass your mouth and nose. As a result, you lose the ability to heat, moisturize, and filter the air you breathe. A Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) saves the heat and moisture that you exhale and gives it back when you breathe in.

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CareTip 22: How to use Provox Luna

Provox Luna is a solution designed to help you sleep comfortably, to soothe your skin and to improve lung health. Provox Luna is a complete nighttime system that includes Provox Luna Adhesive made from skin-friendly hydrogel, a soft heat and moisture exchanger called Provox Luna HME, and Luna ShowerAid with special strips to keep the adhesive in place when showering.

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LaryTubes and Buttons CareTips

Adhesives CareTips

Electrolarynx CareTips

Jaw Mobility CareTips

Breathing

CareTip 2: Provox® Xtra HMEs

After your laryngectomy, the function of the nose and upper airways are lost because you are breathing through your stoma instead of your nose. The air you breathe is not warmed or humidified, often resulting in increased sputum production and coughing...

Caretip 02 MC0685 Provox vp care brush flush

CareTip 18: Abdominal Breathing

What is abdominal breathing? • Breathing from your abdomen by using your diaphragm (which is underneath your lungs) instead of using your chest muscles. • Moves more air into and out of the lungs

Caretip 18 MC1968 Abdominal Breathing

CareTip 20: Breathing through a Stoma

Your nose and upper airway condition the air you breathe by providing heat and humidity. Because a laryngectomy reroutes your airway intake to the stoma (or tracheostoma) and bypasses the nose, a different method of conditioning is needed. Without conditioning, the cool, dry air you breathe in often causes unpleasant side effects such as increased mucus production and coughing, sleeplessness, and other social problems.

Caretip 20 MC1981 Breathing through a Stoma

CareTip 22: How to use Provox Luna

Provox Luna is a solution designed to help you sleep comfortably, to soothe your skin and to improve lung health. Provox Luna is a complete nighttime system that includes Provox Luna Adhesive made from skin-friendly hydrogel, a soft heat and moisture exchanger called Provox Luna HME, and Luna ShowerAid with special strips to keep the adhesive in place when showering.

Caretip 22 MC2188 How to use Provox Luna

Speaking

CareTip 6: Occluding Your Stoma with Your Heat and Moisture Exchanger

Press on the HME with your finger to occlude the stoma. Practice in front of a mirror if you are having a hard time getting a good occlusion. 2. Say “hay.” 3. Take your finger off the HME after you have spoken. Be careful not to release your finger too early

Caretip 06 MC0688 Occluding Stoma with HME

CareTip 9: Electrolarynx - Basic training

• Just mouth the words when you are learning to speak with the EL. • Keep your arm close to your chest when you are speaking, it helps position the head of the EL against your neck. • Keep your chin in a natural position and do not force air out of your stoma when trying to speak

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CareTip 15: Provox® FreeHands FlexiVoice™

A speaking valve and Heat and Moisture Exchanger (HME) with both automatic and manual occlusion.

Caretip 15 MC1330 FreeHands Flexivoice

CareTip 17: Occluding Your Stoma Without an HME

Make sure your stoma is clean. If you are wearing an HME, it is still a good idea to practice occluding your stoma without your HME. There may be a time when you may not be wearing your HME and you will need to speak

Caretip 17 MC1970 Occluding Stoma without HME

CareTip 19: Improve Your Speech

When using a voice prosthesis, fluency of speech and the ease of speaking depend on a number of systems working together. • Breath support. • Coordination of occluding your stoma. • Coordination of voicing, specifically, the length of your phrases and pausing at natural places in sentences. This improves your ability to speak naturally and easy.

Caretip 19 MC1969 Improve Your Speech

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