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    Posted: Jul 08 2008 at 1:54pm


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Posted - 02/12/2006 :  18:03:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just wondering if anyone knows of an objective way to grade the respiratory muscles?


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Posted - 02/16/2006 :  11:17:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is an article that might help:

Otherwise, I found a muscle testing book, Daniels and Worthingham's Muscle Testing: Techniques of Manual Examination 7th Edition utilized the following scale to assess cough:

Functional: Normal or only sight impairment
-crisp or explosive expulsion of air
-volume is sharp and clearly audible
-able to clear airway of secretions

Weak functional: Moderate impairment that affects the degree of active motion or endurance:
-decreased volume and diminished air movement
-appears labored
-may take several attempts to clear airway

Nonfunctional: Severe impairment
-no clearance of airway
-no expulsion of air
-coughing attempt may be nothing more than an effort to clear the throat

Zero: cough is absent

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