Cough in spinal cord injured patients: comparison of three methods to produce cough

Short Title:
Cough in spinal cord injured patients: comparison of three methods to produce cough
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J26366.
Journal:
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
1993, vol. 74, issue 12, pp 1358-1361
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Abstract:
Researchers examined the efficacy of coughs produced by electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). The study involved 24 SCI patients who were asked to produce three types of coughs: voluntary with no assist, manually assisted, and electrically stimulated. Each cough was repeated 5 times with a 30 second to 1 minute break between coughs. Coughs were measured by the amount of peak expiratory flow using a peal flow rate meter. Of the 24 subjects enrolled in the study, 5 of them had incomplete injuries and were not able to tolerate the electrical stimulation. Five of the remaining 19 subjects had a poor response of the abdominal muscles to electrical stimulation, therefore data was analyzed only for the remaining 14 subjects. Data analysis indicated that coughs produced by electrical stimulation were as equally effective as manually assisted coughs. Due to these findings, the article suggests additional research for this potentially effective treatment for prevention of pulmonary complications in patients with SCI.
Author(s):
Jaeger, R. J.; Turba, R. M.; Yarkony, G. M.; Roth, E. J.
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