Maybe someone can help me,b/c I'm sooo confused about the use of these things. I also get different answers from different doctors,nurses,and Rts.one thing though,is that I'm confused. The cough assist,was that meant to be used before suctioning all the time. A lot of clients want me to use it each time before they get suctioned. This could be 5 cycles an hour,which seems a bit much.Can't those machines blow out the lungs if overused or if pressure is too high?
I've also noticed a lot of clients are getting cpt while tube feedings are running. I've always thought it was an hour before or an hour after,but one doc said it doesn't matter. I've benn seeing this lately in peds clients esp. Maybe things changed since 3 years ago? Maybe they have new evidence that doesn't support the use of waiting an hr before or after a feed?