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32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

W29--PT&RT-CLIN: The Role of the PT/RT for Patients Who Are Pre & Post Lung Transplant

Oct 20, 2018 10:30am ‐ Oct 20, 2018 11:50am


This session will look at current and evolving practices in the pre and post lung transplant patient with cystic fibrosis with an emphasis on physical therapy/pulmonary rehab and airway clearance. Exercise and ACTs have become effective treatment options for patients on the waiting list for lung transplantation, and can improve quality of life. Exercise is also necessary to ensure patients are strong enough to recover from surgery. Improving education on exercise and airway clearance is essential to improve the quality of life in these patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the importance of exercise and airway clearance techniques in patients with cystic fibrosis pre-lung transplant and post lung transplant wanting to improve their quality of life and prior level of function.
  • Describe challenges before and after lung transplant to support patients with cystic fibrosis that are utilizing physical therapy/pulmonary rehab.
  • Discuss the impact that physical therapy/pulmonary rehab and airway clearance can have on recovery of patients with cystic fibrosis who have had a lung transplant.

Workshop Chair(s):

  • Matthew Bowman, D.P.T., P.T., C.C.S., Physical Therapist
  • Matthew Dartt, B.S., R.T., Assistant Director of Respiratory Therapy, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

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