Postural drainage

What is Postural drainage?

Drainage used in bronchiectasis and lung abscess. The patient's body is positioned so that the trachea is inclined downward and below the affected chest area. Postural drainage is essential in treating bronchiectasis and patients must receive physiotherapy to learn to tip themselves into a position in which the lobe to be drained is uppermost at least three times daily for up to 30 minutes. The treatment is often used in conjunction with a technique for loosening secretions in the chest cavity called chest percussion. Chest percussion is performed by clapping the back or chest with a cupped hand. Alternatively, a mechanical vibrator may be used in some cases to facilitate loosening of secretions. There are drainage positions for all segments of the lung. These positions can be modified depending on the patient's condition.

Questions and answers on "Postural drainage"

my father is suffering copd stage iv, he's been treatment of omnacortil, deriphyllin, spectoran, faraponem with other supporting drugs including...

doctor1 MD

Hi Welcome to Hcm
It is very pleasant to know that you are so caring worried about your father 's health .
COPD has no cure yet. However, lifestyle...

Read Full Thread   Ask a Doctor Now

My son was born on 17th September 2011, in 7 months with h type Tracheoesophageal Fistula . He was oxgen depended from september 2011 to February...

doctor1 MD

hello there,
in these conditions the best thing would be regular suctioning of tracheostomy tube. but if it is really unmanageable then you can try...

Read Full Thread   Ask a Doctor Now

I was told I have mrsa in my lungs. This was after surgery to clean out my thoracic cavity from a mrsa infection 6 months ago. (I had a thoracotomy...

doctor1 MD

hello chaskidwell
thank you for choosing our forum. since now you have developed bronchiectasis which is a well known complication of emphysema, i...

Read Full Thread   Ask a Doctor Now

Recent questions on Postural drainage

Ask Question
Doctor Image

Hi, I am Dr. Andrew Rynne (Family Physician). I will be guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Related Drugs/Medications
Related Treatment/Therapy
Related Procedures