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New Guidelines on Managing Adult Bronchiectasis

By | 2017-10-06T03:46:22+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Physiotherapy|

With the help of experts from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the bronchiectasis patient advisory group, new guidelines on the management of adult bronchiectasis have been produced using language that is easier for non-healthcare professionals to understand. The guideline is based on an ERS version for healthcare professionals. The original version considered the best available [...]

COPD and bronchiectasis

By | 2017-08-22T06:27:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Physiotherapy|

A recent study published in Medical Sciences (April 2017) has shown that patients with both bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience more frequent and longer exacerbations than patients with only COPD. The study, titled: Exacerbations in COPD Patients with Bronchiectasis, aimed to evaluate the frequency and severity of bacterial exacerbations in patients with [...]

Aerobika device for bronchiectasis

By | 2017-08-06T00:55:40+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Physiotherapy|

The Aerobika® device The Aerobika® device is hand-held, easy-to-use, and drug-free. When the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates positive pressure and oscillations simultaneously, which stabilises the airways, helps expel the mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out, and may also aid in improved drug deposition. The Aerobika® device is available in Canada, Mexico, and select European [...]

Pulmonary rehabilitation for bronchiectasis

By | 2017-08-06T00:43:35+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Physiotherapy|

Pulmonary rehabilitation is routinely recommended for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but recent studies have highlighted that people diagnosed with bronchiectasis can also achieve benefit. The Clinical Practice Guideline from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand encourages regular exercise (1) and the recent Lung Foundation Australia and Thoracic Society of Australia [...]

World Immunisation Week

By | 2017-04-23T23:10:50+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Physiotherapy|

April 24th - 30th is World Immunisation week which aims to raise awareness about the importance of being immunised. Influenza and pneumonia are common lung infections that cannot be underestimated and patients with bronchiectasis are more susceptible to these conditions. Vaccinations available for both of these conditions. For more information on influenza go to http://lungfoundation.com.au/patient-support/other-lung-conditions/influenza/. [...]