bronchial hygiene

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1. the science of health and its preservation.
2. personal hygiene. adj., adj hygien´ic.
bronchial hygiene in the omaha system, activities directed toward maintenance of respiratory or pulmonary function, including inhalation therapy, percussion, and cannula insertion.
dental hygiene
2. the profession practiced by a dental hygienist.
mouth hygiene (oral hygiene) the personal maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene of the teeth and oral structures by toothbrushing, tissue stimulation, gum massage, hydrotherapy, and other procedures recommended by the dentist or dental hygienist for the preservation of dental and oral health. Called also dental hygiene. (See table.)
personal hygiene in the omaha system, a client problem in the health related behaviors domain, defined as individual practices related to health and cleanliness.
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bron·chi·al hy·giene

(brong'kē-ăl hī'jēn)
Those respiratory activities contributing to the removal of bronchial secretions and the maintenance of open airways.
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bronchial hygiene

Any of several techniques to help patients clear mucus from their airways and improve respiration. It is used in patients who have copious, tenacious, or thick sputum, e.g., those affected by bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, occluded endotracheal tubes, or some pneumonias. Techniques employed include chest percussion, coughing and huffing, flutter valves, positive expiratory pressure therapy, and postural drainage.
See also: hygiene
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Aggressive bronchial hygiene and oxygen therapy are indicated.
Most importantly, the root cause of poor blood oxygenation should be treated more aggressively with deep breathing, mobility, and bronchial hygiene. This should likewise improve gas exchange, oxygen uptake and Blood Oxygenation.
Non-pharmacologic treatment sometimes entails pulmonary rehabilitation, bronchial hygiene therapy and oxygen therapy.
Respiratory therapists frequently attempt to prevent and to reverse atelectasis with hyperinflation (lung expansion) and bronchial hygiene therapy.
One, the #AM-602 has a versatile exhalation port that comes with an optional bacteria or HEPA filter and also allows attachment of a flutter device for simultaneous bronchial hygiene therapy.