What is Cough assist vest?

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A cough assist vest uses high frequency vibrations to create mini-coughs that dislodge mucus from the bronchial walls, increase mobilization, and move it along toward central airways.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Ineffective cough 54 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 29 12
Cystic fibrosis 16 0
General health 14 2
Breathing difficulty 10 6
Excess saliva 9 1

Show all 23 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 30

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cough assist vest

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 2
Pain in rib 2
Cough 1
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Cough assist vest

Dosage Patients Percentage
3 other daily 1
4 other daily 1
10 min twice daily 1
25 min daily 1
30minutes as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Cough assist vest

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 8
Other 5
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 15 patients who've stopped using Cough assist vest

Duration

Currently using Cough assist vest

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Cough assist vest

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 8
Usually 22
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 19
Not specified 17
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12 patient evaluations for Cough assist vest

Feb 20, 2011 (Started Sep 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for increased secretions)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Time consuming but it feels oh so good!

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 13, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in rib)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 min Daily
Side effects: pain in rib

Aug 10, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in rib)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 min Daily
Side effects: pain in rib

May 23, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 min Daily
Side effects: pain in rib

Feb 18, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 min Daily
Side effects: pain in rib

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 26, 2009 (Started Apr 11, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cough, headaches, runny nose (rhinorrhea))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: as needed at least 3 times a day
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, cough, runny nose (rhinorrhea)

Oct 16, 2009 (Started Apr 11, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, cough, runny nose (rhinorrhea)

Oct 17, 2008 (Started Apr 11, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: one day at a time
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, cough, runny nose (rhinorrhea)

  • 0 helpful marks
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