A male adult client with cystic fibrosis is admitted to an acute care facility with an acute respiratory infection. Prescribed respiratory treatment includes chest physiotherapy. When should the nurse perform this procedure?
A. Immediately before a meal B. At least 2 hours after a meal C. When bronchospasms occur D. When secretions have mobilized
At least 2 hours after a meal-the nurse should perform chest physiotherapy at least 2 hours after a meal to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspiration. performing it immediately before a meal may tire the client and impair the ability to eat. percussion and vibration, components of chest physiotherapy, may worsen bronchospasms; therefore, the procedure is contraindicated in clients with bronchospasms. secretions that have mobilized (especially when suction equipment isnt available) are a contraindication for postural drainage, another component of chest physiotherapy.