Airway Clearance in the Intensive Care Unit

Dewi Nurul Makhabah,1 Nicolino Ambrosino2

1. Pulmonary and Respiratory Medical Science, Medical Faculty, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia
2. Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Weaning Center, Auxilium-Vitae, Volterra

Disclosure: No potential conflict of interest.
Received: 23.04.13 Accepted: 14.08.13
Citation: EMJ Respir. 2013;1:135-139.


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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