What is CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator?

Category: Equipment

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Generic name: Cough assist vest

A cough assist machine helps to clear secretions in the lungs and bronchioles by using a combination of positive and negative air pressure, simulating a cough. With correct usage the device may decrease the risk of chest infections such as pneumonia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Ineffective cough 38 12
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 18 5
General health 12 2
Breathing difficulty 6 1
Excess saliva 5 0
Cough 2 0

Show all 10 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
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Cough 1
Runny nose (rhinorrhea) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Dosage Patients
3 other three times daily 1
10 min twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped using CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Duration

Currently using CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1

Stopped using CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 11
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 6
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6 patient evaluations for CoughAssist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator

Oct 26, 2009 (Started Apr 11, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (runny nose (rhinorrhea), headaches, cough)
  • 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

Jan 31, 2009 (Started Jan 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ineffective cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It is a time saver, in that the machine can do in a few seconds what it use to take hours.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 14, 2008 (Started May 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ineffective cough)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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