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Airway Clearance in the Intensive Care Unit

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Authors:
Dewi Nurul Makhabah,1 Nicolino Ambrosino2
Disclosure:

No potential conflict of interest.

Received:
23.04.13
Accepted:
14.08.13
Citation
EMJ Respir. ;1[1]:135-139.

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Abstract

Mechanically-ventilated patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) may suffer from retained secretions from several causes. Airway clearance techniques have the potential to improve mucociliary clearance by reducing mucus plugging and enhancing the removal of secretions, including inflammatory cells and bacteria. This short review describes recent progress in airway clearance management in ICU patients.

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