MS, RRT-ACCS, NPS, AE-C
David L Vines,
MHS, PhD, RRT, FAARC
As our aging population grows, so does the prevalence of respiratory-related ailments. To meet this medical need, a variety of new respiratory diagnostic and treatment options are being developed. With the availability of these new options, respiratory care professionals will require the most up-to-date, scientifically- and clinically-based information to help them make informed decisions on what is best for their patients.
Clinical Foundations provides practical, clinically- and evidenced-based articles, case studies and symposia for respiratory therapists and respiratory care directors, managers, and supervisors. Clinical Foundations is based on a patient-focused model of care that emphasizes the need to provide the care and services that focus on patients’ individual needs and preferences.
As part of our commitment to helping respiratory care professionals improve their skills, each edition of Clinical Foundations is fully accredited by the AARC for CRCEs.
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This module is online only and accredited for 1.0 CRCE. You may read the article on your screen or download the pdf. After reading, you may go to www.saxetesting.com/cf and take your test and print out the certificate.
Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure,
David M. Wheeler M. Ed., RRT-NPS
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oscillating positive expiratory pressure, (OPEP) is a therapeutic method which facilitates airway clearance through the combination of positive expiratory pressure and airflow oscillations during an active exhalation.,, OPEP devices have been described in the literature since the late 1990’s as cost effective secretion clearance alternatives to the labor and time consuming interventions such as: postural drainage, percussion and vibration.3
There are several types of OPEP devices on the market. The quality of the airflow oscillations and pressure thresholds are dependent on the device design and the ability of the patient to generate flow during an active exhaled maneuver, or maneuver that engages the muscles to assist with the flow of gas from the lungs. Thus, the device and the patient work together to produce the therapeutic effect of airway clearance.3,
Clinical Foundations is published quarterly by Saxe Healthcare Communications.
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Richard Branson, MS, RRT, FAARC
Professor of Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Kathleen Deakins, MS, RRT, NPS
Supervisor, Pediatric Respiratory Care
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital of University Hospitals
William Galvin, MSEd, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Program Director, Respiratory Care Program
Gwynedd Mercy College,
Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Carl Haas, MS, RRT, FAARC
Educational & Research Coordinator
University Hospitals and Health Centers
Ann Arbor, MI
Richard Kallet, MSc, RRT, FAARC
Clinical Projects Manager
University of California Cardiovascular Research Institute San Francisco, CA
Neil MacIntyre, MD, FAARC
Medical Director of Respiratory Services
Duke University Medical Center
Tim Myers, BS, RRT-NPS
Chief Business Officer, AARC
Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
Professor, Department of Respiratory Care and Cardiopulmonary Sciences University of Southern Alabama
Helen Sorenson, MA, RRT, FAARC
Assistant Professor, Dept. of
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
San Antonio, TX