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Does prone positioning improve oxygen saturation in a patient with cystic fibrosis? An alternating-treatment single case design

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Mullholland, C, Lennon, Sheila and Graham, R (1994) Does prone positioning improve oxygen saturation in a patient with cystic fibrosis? An alternating-treatment single case design. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 10 (4). pp. 223-233. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Chest physiotherapy involves the use of a package of techniques directed at a variety of problems including those experienced by patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Positioning forms an integral part of chest physiotherapy; yet the role of positioning has rarely been investigated. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of prone positioning with the effects of a physiotherapy package within an alternating single case design in a patient with CF. Measurements of oxygen saturation (SaO-2) and sputum production were recorded over a 5 day period during both physiotherapy and prone positioning sessions. Both physiotherapy and prone positioning improved SaO-2 values. Readings of SaO-2 within each session during prone positioning showed more improvement than those recorded during physiotherapy; however, mean SaO-2 and sputum production were significantly greater during physiotherapy. The implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:12676
Deposited By:Dr Sheila Lennon-Fraser
Deposited On:02 Apr 2010 10:08
Last Modified:01 Mar 2012 09:49

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