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Cough and deep breath,,, increases lung expansion and helps dry secreations from atelectasis. Patients who lay around dont breath as deeply,, hence secretions build in the bases of the lungs making the alveoli sticky(atelectasis), bacteria love dark damp places, deep breathing helps to dry secretions that may promote bacteria growth and cause pneumonia. Increasing fluid intake will help thin the secretions to help the patient cough them up.