Cystic Fibrosis

  1. Do you know anything about the use of Heimlich maneuver in treating cystic fibrosis?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   mybuddycat
    I am a pediatric pulmonary nurse. I have never heard of the Dr. discussing anything of this sort to treat CF kids. We are a national CF foundation clinic. I am not sure that I understand the rationale behind this. I know that the pt. need CPT from 1 to 4 times a day to help aid in getting rid of secretions. I would be curious to learn more about this. I will ask the Dr. that I am teamed with.
  4. by   JessieP
    SOme say it is b/c it puts pressure on the lungs to help with the secretions. I think a far more effective way is to massage the back.
  5. by   parko
    i've never heard of it being used

    my best friend (shes a CF kid) always found that physio worked best for her, and i never remember reading anything in her stash of papers about the heimlich manouver being used

    if anyone finds anything, thatd be really interesting !

    parko
    Last edit by parko on Mar 26, '04
  6. by   UCDSICURN
    I've heard that being used for quads to help them cough. No clue about CF kids though. I've only had one CF patient. We used the therapy vest (The one that shakes the crap outta of em), postural drainage with CPT (Trendelenberg while massaging the infiltrate areas), and inline breathing treatments (Including Tobramycin nebs) and a percussive type breathing treatment.

    Donn C.

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