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Table 3 Frequently prescribed and used interventions over consecutive days post-UAS

From: Physiotherapy in upper abdominal surgery – what is current practice in Australia?

  DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3
(n = 46) Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always
DBEx 0 4 9 48 39 0 7 22 39 33 4 22 30 28 15
ACBT 4 22 30 30 13 4 26 33 28 9 11 24 43 17 4
FET 2 15 35 22 26 2 20 37 24 17 7 28 37 22 7
Cough 43 41 11 4 0 41 41 13 4 0 35 39 20 7 0
Supported cough 0 0 7 33 61 0 0 9 35 57 0 2 30 28 39
Cough assist 67 17 13 0 2 65 20 13 0 2 72 20 7 0 2
Suction 17 57 24 2 0 20 67 13 0 0 24 67 9 0 0
PEP 13 37 41 9 0 15 37 43 4 0 22 41 33 4 0
CPAP 48 43 9 0 0 50 46 4 0 0 57 43 0 0 0
IS 41 37 15 4 2 43 35 15 4 2 54 30 11 2 2
Aerosol therapy 11 33 50 7 0 11 30 54 4 0 15 41 41 2 0
Bed mobility 0 17 15 26 41 2 24 11 30 33 7 26 20 17 30
Upright/SOOB 0 4 9 30 57 0 4 9 26 61 2 13 9 22 54
Sit to stand 0 0 4 35 61 0 2 2 28 67 0 7 7 17 70
Ambulation 0 0 13 28 59 0 0 0 24 76 0 0 2 20 78
Stairs/steps 43 33 17 4 2 11 30 39 15 4 0 9 35 39 17
Cycle pedals 65 26 9 0 0 57 33 11 0 0 52 35 11 2 0
UL exercises 13 28 39 13 7 11 28 37 17 7 13 24 39 17 7
Education 0 0 7 17 76 0 2 7 13 78 0 4 4 15 76
  1. Values expressed as %. Values in bold represent frequently prescribed and used interventions for particular days
  2. DBEx deep breathing exercises, ACBT active cycle of breathing, FET forced expiratory techniques, PEP positive expiratory pressure, IS incentive spirometry, CPAP continuous positive airway pressure, SOOB sitting out of bed, UL upper limb