This session will look at current and evolving treatment practices within CF care around the globe with an emphasis on nebulizer therapy and airway clearance. The session presents the opportunity to explore varying practices, the opinions of people with CF and current international research in order to support and/or challenge current practice around nebulizer therapy and airway clearance. Improving knowledge of the theory and practicalities of treatment, of the links between exercise and airway clearance and of understanding and managing the challenges that these burdensome treatments present is essential to improving clinical outcomes and the quality of life of people with CF.
Describe the physiological properties of ACTs and debate how exercise influences airway clearance.
Discuss clinical reasoning around the practicalities of airway clearance techniques and nebulised therapies, for example choice of technique/medication and the order of administration.
Identify the challenges of sustaining adherence to long term therapy and gain insights into the opinions of people with CF, innovative research and practices in supporting adherence.
Assistant Director of Respiratory Therapy,
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
Advanced Clinical Specialist physiotherapist,
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
British Columbia Children's Hospital