Postural Drainage: Upper Lobes (Front)

Postural drainage for the upper lobes (front)

Illustration adapted with permission from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Lean the child back 30 degrees. Clap with a cupped hand between the collarbone and nipple on each side of the chest.

Current as ofDecember 12, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Catherine O'Malley, RRT - Respiratory Therapy

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