Individuals with compromised, airway-clearance mechanisms, such as people with COPD and other chronic respriatory conditions, are at risk for pulmonary complications. Various devices assist secretion clearing and mobilization and can prevent pulmonary infections. Various devices are available for use as adjunctive tools to promote optimal pulmonary toileting. Among them are mechanical chest percussor devices, such as E0480 percussor electric/pneumatic for home use. Mechanical percussors are electrical devices used to provide clapping or percussion to the external chest wall. The devices deliver consistent, programmable (i.e., adjustable speed) deep pulses. The machine is moved over the patient’s chest while the patient assumes a variety of drainage positions.
There are few supporting studies but the use of these devices is now standard in pulmonary rehab.
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