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Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation

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VEST (Vibration, Exhalation, Supine, and Turning) therapy is a non-pharmacological intervention that is used to help mobilize secretions in mechanically ventilated patients. It involves the use of mechanical vibration and assisted coughing techniques to help clear the airways of secretions. The patient is placed in a supine position, and vibration is applied to the chest using a handheld device or a vest that fits over the patient's chest. The patient is also turned from side to side to help loosen and move secretions. VEST therapy is typically performed in combination with other interventions, such as chest physiotherapy and bronchoscopy, to help clear secretions and improve respiratory function in mechanically ventilated patients.

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