Respiratory Rehabilitation through an Assistive Electronic Trumpet

T D Beltrame, D A Hobbs, J S Nguyen

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The incentive spirometer is a device prescribed to patients following abdominal or thoracic surgery, to facilitate deep breathing and reduce or prevent postoperative complications [1]. Disengagement with the incentive spirometer has been reported to contribute to lowered patient compliance, hence expected respiratory benefits have not been realised [2, 3]. To potentially improve respiratory outcomes and satisfaction during therapy, a music-focused electronic therapeutic device has been modelled from the incentive spirometer.

This paper will explore the potential to facilitate a more interactive and enjoyable respiratory rehabilitation program by outlining the design of an electronic trumpet. Through the electronic trumpet, musical access will also be provided to end-users who lack either the fine motor control or the respiratory capacity required to play a conventional trumpet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC) 2019
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology & Research in Australian Medical Science
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherEngineers Australia
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781925627435
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019
EventAustralian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC) 2019: Technology & Research in Australian Medical Science - The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 17 Nov 201920 Nov 2019


ConferenceAustralian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC) 2019
Abbreviated titleABEC
OtherThe Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC) 2019 was held from Sunday 17 to Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, Melbourne, Australia. ABEC is the major conference for the College of Biomedical Engineers within Engineers Australia (EA) and the Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (SMBE). Engineers Australia's College of Biomedical Engineers and SMBE recognise the diverse nature of the work of Biomedical Engineers and celebrates this through ABEC. ABEC 2019 brought together all branches of Biomedical Engineering into one conference to focus on the role engineering has to play in improving health care outcomes.
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  • Respiration
  • Rehabilitation
  • spirometry
  • Music
  • Design


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