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Upper Lobe Apical Segments

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Updated February 01, 2010

Upper Lobe Apical Segments

Upper Lobe Apical Segments

Artwork By Carolyn Russell
To drain mucus from the upper lobe apical segments, the patient sits in a comfortable position on a bed or flat surface and leans on a pillow against the headboard of the bed or the caregiver. The caregiver percusses and vibrates over the muscular area between the collar bone and very top of the shoulder blades (shaded areas of the diagram) on both sides for 3 to 5 minutes. Encourage the patient to take a deep breath and cough during percussion in order to help clear the airways. Do not percuss over bare skin.
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