[PDF] Effectiveness of nonpharmacologic airway clearance therapies in hospitalized patients

American Association for Respiratory Care
American Association for Respiratory Care
Publication date:
01 December 2013


Airway clearance therapy (ACT) is used in a variety of settings for a variety of ailments. These guidelines were developed from a systematic review with the purpose of determining whether the use of nonpharmacologic ACT improves oxygenation, reduces length of time on the ventilator, reduces stay in the ICU, resolves atelectasis/consolidation, and/or improves respiratory mechanics, versus usual care in 3 populations.