Atelectasis Prevention

Is it possible to prevent Atelectasis? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods in the condition center at ThirdAge.com.

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How to Prevent Atelectasis


Measures to prevent atelectasis are related to the various causes. They include:

  • If you smoke, stop.
  • If you are obese, lose weight.
  • If you have a chronic lung or heart condition, follow your doctor's advice for managing the disease and limiting complications.
  • If you are pregnant, get prenatal care and follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Try not to inhale something solid. For example, chew your food well before swallowing.
  • After surgery, follow instructions for deep breathing, coughing, and turning. Ask for pain medication if discomfort is limiting movement or coughing.


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