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Airway Clearance Methods

Keeping Mucus Out of the Airway


Updated June 08, 2009

Airway clearance treatments are a necessary part of daily life for those with cystic fibrosis, but not everyone uses the same method. Most likely, your routine will include a combination of several of these common techniques and devices.

1. The Most Essential Airway Clearance Technique

Do you know which airway clearance technique (ACT) is the single most important one for people with cystic fibrosis to use? Learn about this basic technique and how to do it correctly.

2. Chest Physical Therapy Using Manual Percussion

Proper technique is very important when performing chest physical therapy. Follow these steps to be sure you are doing it correctly.

3. The Airway Clearance Toolbox

When you’re ready to move beyond manual chest physiotherapy, there are several devices that you can use for airway clearance. Get to know these tools and how they can help you with your airway clearance routine.

4. Airway Clearance Vests

High-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) vests have become an increasingly popular choice for airway clearance therapy among people with cystic fibrosis. Learn more about HFCWO vests – how they work, who they’re for, and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.

5. Exercise

Although it's not an "official" airway clearance technique, exercise can help airway clearance techniques work better. Learn more about this and several other benefits of exercise for those with cystic fibrosis.
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