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 48 13
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 25 11
Cystic Fibrosis 14 0
General health 14 2
Breathing difficulty 10 6
Excess saliva 9 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 1
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 28

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cough assist vest

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

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Cough assist vest

Dosage Patients
10 min twice daily 2
1 hr daily 1
3 other daily 1
30 min daily 1
20 min twice daily 1
30 min twice daily 1
90 min daily 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Cough assist vest

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 8
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently using Cough assist vest

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 3

Stopped using Cough assist vest

Duration Patients
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
Always 7
Usually 21
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 18
Not specified 16
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12 patient evaluations for Cough assist vest

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strapples
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strapples
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 25
Condition: Rett Syndrome 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Rett Syndrome

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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
indyborn
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indyborn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

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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

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wbear35
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wbear35
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: b
I have:
ALS

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Oct 26, 2009 (Started Apr 11, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (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 ALS (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 ALS (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)

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