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Postural drainage

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Postural drainage
Intervention
ICD-9-CM

93.99

MeSH

D015916

Drainage used in bronchiectasis and lung abscess. The patient's body is positioned so that the
trachea is inclined downward and below the affected chest area.[1] Postural drainage is essential in
treating bronchiectasis and patients must receive physiotherapy to learn to tip themselves into a
position in which the lobe to be drained is uppermost at least three times daily for up to 30
minutes. The treatment is often used in conjunction with a technique for loosening secretions in
the chest cavity called chest percussion. Chest percussion is performed by clapping the back or
chest with a cupped hand. Alternatively, a mechanical vibrator may be used in some cases to
facilitate loosening of secretions.[2] There are drainage positions for all segments of the lung.
These positions can be modified depending on the patient's condition.
Postural drainage may be followed by breathing exercises to help expel loosened secretions from
the airway.

References[edit]
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Jump up ^ Dorland's Medical Dictionary.


Jump up ^ Chest Physical Therapy

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