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Airway Clearance in Paediatric Neuromuscular Disorders: What, Why & How?

Prof Brenda Morrow

Venue: Online - Zoom

Times: 19h00-20h00

Number of CUE's: 1 CEU

Cost of Series: R100.00

Date: 2021-06-23

About this course

A webinar outlining the role of physiotherapy in assisting with airway clearance in paediatric patients with neuromuscular disorders.

UCT Paediatrics Professor, Brenda Morrow, will explain the underlying pathophysiology of neuromuscular disorders in children, and how these conditions affect a child’s ability to effectively clear their own airway. In addition, she will outline the advantages and disadvantages of different airway clearance techniques that can be utilised by physiotherapists in order to assist their paediatric patients with airway clearance, as well as providing the latest evidence regarding the efficacy of these techniques.

Session -


  • Pathophysiology of NMD and its influence on respiratory muscle function in children
  • Overview of airway clearance techniques: types; application; efficacy
  • Peripheral ACT: advantages and disadvantages; evidence-base
  • Proximal ACT: advantages and disadvantages; evidence-base


What you can get out of this course:

  • Learn from a world-leader in paediatric intensive care and physiotherapy
  • Gain an understanding of neuromuscular disorders and how they influence a child’s ability to clear their airway
  • An understanding of the rationale for airway clearance techniques and their importance in the management of these patients
  • An understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different airway clearance techniques
  • An overview of the evidence-base for this form of physiotherapy treatment in paediatric care