What is The Vest?

Category: Equipment

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Generic name: Cough assist vest

The Vest® System is an airway clearance device for both children and adults. The Vest uses a process, called High-Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO), creates 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
Cystic fibrosis 14 0
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 6 2
Chronic throat clearing 5 0
Chest congestion 4 1
Bronchiectasis 2 1
Excess saliva 2 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
3
None
6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with The Vest

Side effect Patients
Pain in rib 2

Dosages

Based on patients currently using The Vest

Dosage Patients
20 min twice daily 2
2 hr daily 1
40 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking The Vest

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Other 2
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Duration

Currently using The Vest

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped using The Vest

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 5
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 6
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3 patient evaluations for The 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 Nov 13, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chest congestion)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Maintain FVC)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excess saliva)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in rib)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Advice & Tips: worth a try
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: pain in rib

  • 0 helpful marks
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