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Respiratory Resources: Bronchiectasis

Welcome to the Respiratory Resource for information on bronchiectasis and how to manage your respiratory condition.

This series of videos has been developed by Advanced and Specialist Physiotherapists within the Respiratory Services of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The aim of the videos is to provide patients with a diagnosis of bronchiectasis some information on their condition and treatment options to help manage their symptoms. The information is intended to go along with advice you will receive from your own Specialist Respiratory team.

The Respiratory Physiotherapy Services have expertise managing a wide range of respiratory conditions and some of the videos are relevant to managing other lung conditions.

Development of this resource was supported by Technology Enabled Care funding from the Scottish Government awarded to the North Sector Respiratory Physiotherapy Outpatient Services in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Pamela Vaughn (Advanced Respiratory Specialist) and Lorraine Wishart (Specialist Physiotherapist) developed the series with contributions from the West of Scotland Cystic Fibrosis physiotherapy staff. We are grateful to our patients from NHSGGC who were willing and helpful in appearing in the videos.

Video 1. Bronchiectasis (6 min 54 sec)

An introduction to bronchiectasis. Graphics and animation help to explain the mechanisms of the condition within the respiratory system and symptoms experienced by patients.

Video 2. Active Cycle of Breathing (3 min 17 sec)

An explanation and guidance with patient demonstration of the Active Cycle of Breathing. This is a technique which can be used to clear mucus and shows the correct ways to achieve good clearance.

Video 3. Autogenic Drainage (3 min 16 sec)

An explanation and guidance with patient demonstration of Autogenic Drainage. This technique uses different volumes and speeds of breath to help clear mucus from smaller to larger airways.

Video 4. Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) (2 min28 sec)

An explanation and guidance with patient demonstration of PEP. PEP is a device and an alternative method of assisting mucus clearance. The correct techniques and how to use the device are shown in the video.

Video 5. Oscillatory PEP (OPEP ) (4 min 8 sec)

An explanation and guidance with patient demonstration of Oscillatory PEP. O-PEP is a device and alternative way of assisting mucus clearance. The video shows how to use the device and the correct techniques for clearing mucus.

Video 6. Nebulisers (2 min 51 sec)

Nebulisers may be used by some patients for the inhalation of certain drugs to help with their respiratory condition. The video demonstrates how to set up, use and clean the nebuliser.

Video 7. Self-Management (4 min 21 sec)

A short film of a patient with bronchiectasis and her experience managing her condition followed by suggestions for self-management.