Respiratory health depends on consistent clearance of airway secretions. Normal airway clearance is accomplished by two important mechanisms: the mucociliary clearance (MCC) system and the ability to cough. Impaired MCC is linked to poor lung function in a broad range of diseases and disabilities.1
Because at-risk individuals are prone to recurrent episodes of respiratory inflammation, infection and, eventually, irreversible lung damage, improvement of MCC is a vital treatment goal — one that can be accomplished with an individualized bronchial hygiene plan that includes effective Airway Clearance Therapy.
Learn more about airway clearance:
- Normal Airway Clearance
- Impaired Airway Clearance
- The Need for Airway Clearance
- Vicious Cycle of Airway Clearance
- Houtmeyers E, Gosselink R, Gayan-Ramirez G, Decramer M. Regulation of mucociliary clearance in health and disease. Eur Respir J 1999 May;13(5):1177-88. Review.