Chest physiotherapy with positive expiratory pressure breathing after abdominal and thoracic surgery: a systematic review.

@article{Orman2010ChestPW,
  title={Chest physiotherapy with positive expiratory pressure breathing after abdominal and thoracic surgery: a systematic review.},
  author={Jasmina Orman and Elisabeth Westerdahl},
  journal={Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  year={2010},
  volume={54 3},
  pages={261-7}
}
A variety of chest physiotherapy techniques are used following abdominal and thoracic surgery to prevent or reduce post-operative complications. Breathing techniques with a positive expiratory pressure (PEP) are used to increase airway pressure and improve pulmonary function. No systematic review of the effects of PEP in surgery patients has been performed previously. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the effect of PEP breathing after an open upper abdominal or thoracic… CONTINUE READING

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