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Jennifer Heisler, RN

How To Cough After Surgery To Prevent Pain and Pneumonia

By January 23, 2012

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It sounds kind of odd, doesn't it? Of course you know how to cough, you've been doing it your entire life.

When you were small you were taught to  cover your mouth when you coughed, and that was that, you were an expert cougher.  After surgery, everything you know about coughing (cover your mouth) will change because your hands will be busy elsewhere.  Using a technique commonly referred to as "bracing" you can prevent injury and minimize the pain of coughing.  Using another technique, "cough and deep breathe," you can help prevent pneumonia.

How To Cough After Surgery

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