A Comparison of Bronchial Drainage Treatments in Cystic Fibrosis
Kluft J, et al. | Pediatric Pulmonology | 1996

In this study, the effects of standard chest physical therapy and postural drainage were compared with the new high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO ) therapy. Twenty-nine stable cystic fibrosis patients between the ages of seven and fourty-seven were randomly assigned to alternate each form of therapy over a four day time period.The results showed that significantly more sputum was expectorated during high-frequency chest wall oscillation than during the standard chest physical therapy and postural drainage. This was determined by both the wet (P <0.001) and dry (P <0.01) measurements, concluding that HRCWO is at least as effective for clearing airway secretions as manual CPT/PD in cystic fibrosis patients.

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  • Care Settings: Acute Care
  • Clinical Focus: Respiratory Care
  • Content Type: Journal Articles
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  • Reference: Kluft J, et al. Pediatr Pulmonol. 1996;22:271-274.