Respiratory Therapists

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Postural drainage is also known as bronchial drainage. It is a passive technique in which a patient is placed in different positions that allow gravity to assist with the drainage of secretions from the different broncho-pulmonary segments of the lungs.

Respiratory Therapists

The objective of this paper is to develop a smart mannequin that can be used to train physical therapists and respiratory therapists to master the postural drainage and percussion techniques. Different types of sensors are placed on the mannequin to guide and ease the training process. The proposed smart mannequin has achieved an acceptable satisfaction rate. Postural drainage and percussion are chest physical therapy techniques which are used by a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) to loosen and dislodge the sticky secretions accumulated in the lungs as a result of certain chest diseases which will then be expelled out of the body by coughing.

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