The aim of airway clearance is to loosen thick sticky mucus from the airways so it can be cleared, preventing infection and permanent lung damage.
Airway clearance starts at diagnosis and each person’s routine will be different – the technique they use, how long treatment takes and how often they do treatment.
Your role as a Community Support Worker is to support the client in the treatment that they have been prescribed and ensure your techniques are accurate and effective as families will copy what you do!
A good routine with clear and consistent boundaries, consequences and rewards is essential for having success with airway clearance.
If your client experiences haemoptysis please let CFWA staff know and encourage your client to contact their CF care team.