INTRODUCTION: Our aim in conducting this study is to examine the effect of bronchial hygiene techniques and respiratory retraining techniques on the duration of drain and hospital in patients undergoing tube thoracostomy due to secondary spontaneous pneumothorax.
METHODS: Between April 2016 and April 2020, a total of 49 patients (36 males, 13 females; mean age: 53.1±9.95 years; range, 38 to 82 years) with the diagnosis of secondary spontaneous pneumothorax were included in the study. Two groups formed. Group 1 consisted of 26 patients and bronchial hygiene and respiratory retraining techniques were given. Group 2 consisted of 23 patients and the treatment of bronchial hygiene techniques were given patients' age, gender, smoking, duration of drain, length of hospital stay were evaluated.
RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences in the age, sex, smoking between the groups (p>0.05). In the group 1, there was a statistically significant decrease in the duration of drain, length of hospital stay compared to the group 2 (p<0.05).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Our study results show that the combination of bronchial hygiene and respiratory retraining techniques is more effective than performing bronchial hygiene techniques alone on duration of drain, length of hospital stay in patients with secondary spontaneous pneumothorax.