7 Airway Clearance Techniques

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, there are seven major airway clearance techniques (ACTs) for patients with cystic fibrosis. Airway clearance is needed to help clear away mucus from the lungs to help prevent infections and to improve lung function. Children will need an adult to assist with ACTs, and different CF patients will prefer different methods of airway clearance.

 

Coughing and Huffing

Coughing is one of the easiest airway clearance techniques and helps to release mucus which can be deposited in a tissue and disposed of. Huffing is similar to coughing although not as forceful and is useful if you become tired from coughing.

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