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Airway Clearance Therapy—Part 1: The Basics


Airway Clearance Therapy—Part 1: The Basics

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This video discusses the indications and contraindications for airway clearance therapy. It also reviews the most basic forms of airway clearance: chest physiotherapy, positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy, and oscillatory PEP therapy. Future videos in this series will review cough assist devices, VEST therapy, and IPV/MetaNeb therapy. These are all important topics for clinicians who care for patients with excessive secretions or reduced ability to effectively cough.

Learning Objectives

  • List the forms of airway clearance therapy
  • Understand postural drainage use and techniques
  • Review oscillatory PEP therapy


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Jay Peters, MD

Professor and Chief, UT Health/University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas