Facilitated Expectoration by Airway Clearance Techniques in Patients with Significantly Weakened Respiratory Muscles


Authors: K. Neumannová;  J. Zatloukal;  M. Šlachtová
Authors‘ workplace: Katedra fyzioterapie, Fakulta tělesné kultury UP, Olomouc vedoucí katedry prof. MUDr. J. Opavský, CSc.
Published in: Rehabil. fyz. Lék., 20, 2013, No. 1, pp. 17-21.
Category: Original Papers

Overview

Ineffective and insufficient expectoration leads to stagnation of bronchial secretion. For that reason, there is a higher risk for pulmonary infection and for other health complications. Cough and expectoration disorders are the most often present in patients with respiratory muscle weakness especially in patients with neuromuscular diseases. Airway clearance techniques should be an important part of pulmonary rehabilitation treatment. When the conventional airway clearance techniques are not sufficient, a mechanical insufflator-exsufflator is important to use. The CoughAssist machine is possible to use for effective expectoration in the Czech Republic.

Keywords:
airway clearance techniques, CoughAssist, neuromuscular diseases


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