Secretion Clearance in Ventilated Patients

 Published: April 1, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer



This episode of the Current Topics in Respiratory Care video series features Richard Branson, MSc, RRT, FAARC, presenting “Secretion Clearance in Ventilated Patients.”

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Among the consequences of intubation and mechanical ventilation are the untoward effects on secretion clearance. Standard of care management of secretion clearance includes humidification and suctioning of the airway to prevent atelectasis, improve ventilation and reduce the development of infection. This presentation covers the use of techniques to remove secretions by simulating a cough, physical techniques to mobilize secretions and new methods for maintaining the airway secretion free. Secretion clearance techniques should never be performed routinely, and the methods used to determine when secretion clearance is required will be reviewed. Management of secretions in the ventilated patient are the purview of the respiratory therapists, the person at the bedside with the knowledge to evaluate the need for secretion clearance, implement the best therapy and monitor the outcome.

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Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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