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BACKGROUND A substantial amount of consumer health-related information is available on the Internet. Studies suggest that consumer comprehension may be compromised if content exceeds a 7th-grade reading level, which is the average American reading level identified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS). OBJECTIVE To(More)
BACKGROUND Oscillatory positive expiratory pressure (PEP) with the Flutter device facilitates secretion removal. In the Flutter a steel ball vibrates inside a cone, causing air flow vibration. A new device, the Acapella, uses a counterweighted plug and magnet to create air flow oscillation. The Acapella comes in 2 models: one for patients with expiratory(More)
Airway clearance therapy (ACT) is used in a variety of settings for a variety of ailments. These guidelines were developed from a systematic review with the purpose of determining whether the use of nonpharmacologic ACT improves oxygenation, reduces length of time on the ventilator, reduces stay in the ICU, resolves atelectasis/consolidation, and/or(More)
Aerosolized medications are used as airway clearance therapy to treat a variety of airway diseases. These guidelines were developed from a systematic review with the purpose of determining whether the use of these medications to promote airway clearance improves oxygenation and respiratory mechanics, reduces ventilator time and ICU stay, and/or resolves(More)
The role of the respiratory therapist in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis has expanded throughout the years. As key members of the multidisciplinary team, respiratory therapists actively participate in the medical management of patients with cystic fibrosis along the continuum of care, from acute in-patient stays to the out-patient clinic and/or(More)
BACKGROUND In pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) effective measures have been taken while in analyzing a patient's intervention with the help of entry to exit evaluations. The absence of an objective and quantifiable scale are limitations of PR that allow analyzing of a patient's self reported symptoms throughout PR. The Breathlessness, Cough and Sputum Scale(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of protocol-directed recommendations for oxygen therapy implemented by respiratory therapists in skilled nursing facilities. We hypothesized that the use of an oxygen protocol would reduce the number of missing and incomplete orders and unnecessary oxygen use in skilled nursing facilities. (More)
For the busy clinician, educator, or manager, it is becoming an increasing challenge to filter the literature to what is relevant to one's practice and then update one's practice based on the current evidence. The purpose of this paper is to review the recent literature related to invasive mechanical ventilation, noninvasive ventilation, and cystic(More)
One volume is published per year beginning each Janu-ary. Individual subscription rates are $89 per year in the US; $109 in all other countries (for airmail, add $94). The contents of the Journal are indexed in Index Medicus/MEDLINE, Hospital and Health Administration Index, Cumulative In dex to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, EMBASE/Exerpta Medica,(More)
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