RESPIRATORY MANAGEMENT IN SPINAL CORD INJURY: BREATHING AND THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM IN SCI: TREATMENTS FOR RESPIRATORY TRACT COMPLICATIONS: ASSISTED COUGH
By having someone assist you in coughing, your cough will be more forceful and productive and you will be able to both prevent and treat some respiratory complications by bringing up secretions normally present in the lung. Indications for an assisted cough are:
Reasons to avoid an assisted cough are:
Following is the procedure for an assisted cough:
Assisted coughing can be used while in bed or sitting up. Be sure the brakes of your wheelchair are locked before assisting cough.
If lung congestion is present, assisted coughing is more effective when combined with postural drainage.
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