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Respiratory Care

Advancing respiratory health through innovative therapies

Hill-Rom® Respiratory Care

Importance of Respiratory Health

Managing Therapy

If you need to manage treatment for a chronic respiratory disease or condition, you know airway clearance therapy is important.  You do your best to fit it into your busy life.  But that's easier said than done.  we get it, because we've heard it again and again: "I just want to live my life!"

Why Airway Clearance is Important

When mucus cannot be cleared from the lungs, it builds up and creates an environment in which bacteria can grow.  This can lead to repeated, serious lung infection, which can cause more damage to the airways of the lungs and a vicious cycle of infection.  This cycle may lead to irreversible lung damage and respiratory failure.

 

 

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Airway Clearance Techniques and Devices

Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs) loosen thick, sticky mucus so it can be cleared from the lungs by coughing or huffing.  These techniques include chest physical therapy, sometimes provided with the help of a caregiver.  High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) devices gently compress and release the chest wall which creates airflow within the lungs.  This type of therapy traditionally involves an inflatable garment that is worn and attached to an air pulse generator that rapidly inflates and deflates the garment.  The Vest® Airway Clearance System from Hill-Rom uses this type of therapy and has helped thousands of patients with airway clearance.

3D Animation Video - Airway Clearance Anatomy & Physiology 

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3D Animation Video - Anatomy of a Cough

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