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What is a cornet?

A cornet is a handheld device used by people with respiratory problems to help loosen secretions (phlegm) within the chest, and also improve chest expansion.

Active cycle of breathing and postural drainage exercises supervised by a specialist therapistAbove: Active cycle of breathing and postural drainage exercises supervised by a specialist therapist

The device, shaped like a horn, requires the patient to blow into the mouth piece at one end. The blowing causes:
  • Vibrations within the hose – these help loosen the secretions from the chest wall
  • Resistance in the airways - this produces a positive pressure in the lungs and airways allowing them to expand more effectively
These effects combined; result in the easier removal of secretions from the body. Removing secretions is vital in respiratory physiotherapy to reduce the risk of chest infections.

What are the benefits of a cornet?

The cornet device is particularly beneficial for a number of reasons including:
  • Handheld and lightweight
  • Can be used by the patient independently at any time of the day
  • Can be used in a number of positions –not just restricted to use in sitting
  • Can be used in combination with manual respiratory physiotherapy techniques

Who would benefit from using a cornet?

Any person with excess secretions as the result of a respiratory condition would benefit from the use of a cornet. Respiratory conditions include: To find out if respiratory physiotherapy might be able to help you manage your respiratory condition, please contact us at today on 0330 088 7800, for advice to arrange an appointment. You can also make appointments with us by booking online

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