assisted coughing a technique used to enhance the effectiveness of coughing for individuals such as quadriplegics who have ineffective diaphragmatic movement. The hands of the person assisting are placed on either side of the rib cage or on the upper abdomen under the diaphragm; the patient is instructed to exhale as the assistant pushes upward and inward.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Coughing helps break up secretions in the lungs so that the mucus can be suctioned out or expectorated. Patients sit upright and inhale deeply through the nose. They then exhale in short puffs or coughs. Coughing is repeated several times per day.
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Patient discussion about coughing
Q. What Causes Cough With Fever? Often during winter I become sick with fever and on going cough. What causes it?
A. Cough with fever can be a first sign to many respiratory tract infections with viruses or bacterias, starting from simple ones as the common cold (or "flu") up to more serious conditions such as pneumonia, that requires medical care and medications.
Q. What Treats Cough With Fever? I have the flu and so my entire body hurts, and I can't stop coughing. What type of medications can I buy over-the-counter to help me feel better?
A. Simple analgesics are good for lowering fever and easing pain. As for the cough, there is a question whether or not cough suppressants are actually recommended. http://www.5min.com/Video/Do-Cough-Syrups-Work-5602143
Q. Addiction to a cough syrup?? Is it true you can get addicted to cough syrup? And is so- why is that? Is it dangerous? Should I not take cough syrup?
A. here is a story about an air force pilot who had an addiction to cough suppressant who ended bad and about the phenomenon in general:More discussions about coughing
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