Breathing problems (also called respiratory or pulmonary problems) affect the lungs and the airways. These are among the most serious problems associated with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The severity of respiratory problems differs for each person. For most people with CF, lung disease affects how well the patient will do and how long they will live. There are many treatments available to keep the lungs as healthy as possible.
Early treatment of the lungs may include the use of airway clearance techniques (ACT) that work by mobilizing secretions, inhalation therapy to deliver medications to the lungs, early treatment of respiratory illnesses, and the use of medications that have proven to be effective in CF.
The therapists perform ongoing assessments because ACT options may change as your child grows older, preferences change or new options become available. Our therapists teach patients and families proper technique and provide instruction on the recommended cleaning and disinfecting of respiratory equipment.