Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation for airway mucus clearance.

@article{Homnick2007MechanicalIF,
  title={Mechanical insufflation-exsufflation for airway mucus clearance.},
  author={Douglas N. Homnick},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  year={2007},
  volume={52 10},
  pages={
          1296-305; discussion 1306-7
        }
}
Cough is an important component of airway clearance, particularly in individuals with intrinsic pulmonary disease, weakness of respiratory muscles, or central nervous system disease that impairs breathing. The use of assisted cough to enhance airway clearance in individuals with neuromuscular disease is essential to produce and maintain peak cough flow above a minimum and thereby avoid retained secretions that cause infection, inflammation, and respiratory failure. Periodic insufflation of the… CONTINUE READING

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