A client is admitted to the medical department due to pneumonia associated with influenza. Which of the following interventions promotes airway patency? 

Apply chest physiotherapy.
Frequent turning
Increase fluid intake.


•Increasing fluid intake will facilitate easy expectoration of mucus secretions that accumulate in the airway.

•Frequent turning promotes airway patency. Clients with an altered level of consciousness should be turned at least every 2 hours and should be placed in side-lying positions to prevent aspiration, unless contraindicated.

•Applying chest physiotherapy is an aggressive measure to maintain airway patency and may be required by certain conditions. This usually requires a doctor’s order.

•The other answers do not address airway patency.

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