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Airway Clearance2019-06-21T16:01:57+00:00

Airway Clearance Therapy

Airway Clearance Therapy (ACT) is a cornerstone technique for the prevention and treatment of pulmonary diseases

There are a number of lung diseases that impair ciliary function, increase mucus production and interfere with the ability to cough that can benefit from Airway Clearance Therapy. Mucus that accumulates or is stagnant obstructs directing airways, is a conduit for bacterial colonization and infection, evokes inflammatory response, and contributes to airway damage.  Airway obstruction and damage to the airways may result from recurring mucus build up, infection, and inflammation.

Airway clearance therapy utilizes physical or mechanical means of percussion and vibration to mobilize mucus and phlegm to facilitate airway clearing by coughing. Breathing techniques, gravity assisted postural drainage, manual chest physical therapy and mechanical oscillation devices can be used to produce a cough or cough-like effect.

Airway clearance therapy is designated for individuals whose cough mechanics are altered and whose ability to mobilize and clear airway secretions is compromised. Today a variety of strategies may be used to enhance airway clearance, with the goal of improving lung function to minimize re-infection.

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Airway Clearance Therapy Techniques

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High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation

High frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO), also referred to as vest therapy, is highly recommended and effective form of Airway Clearance Therapy.  Several studies report that HFCWO mobilizes more secretions than manual CPT, aids in mucus expectoration (coughing up of mucus),  and contributes to stabilization or improvement of lung function.

Why Choose AffloVest HFCWO?

Traditional airway clearance therapy involves breathing techniques and posturing to be effective. Manual chest physiotherapy cannot be performed independently and involves utilizing a caregiver or respiratory therapist to perform the percussing and clapping. The effectiveness of manual CPT is largely dependent upon the caregivers knowledge and use of proper technique. In contrast, HFCWO:

  • Does not require any special positioning or breathing techniques
  • Can be used independently by most patients, without assistance from a caregiver
  • Technology is independent of patient or caregiver knowledge or technique

What Does the Research Say?

Several clinical studies report that HFCWO:

  • Improve pulmonary function
  • Mobilizes more secretions than hand CPT
  • Aids in clearing and coughing up of mucus
  • Improved patients daily quality of life

AffloVest – The New Gold Standard

Airway Clearance therapy

During the last 3 decades, HFCWO airway clearance vest therapy has been confined to a technology that originated in the early 80s. Traditional air-bladder vest systems are comprised of an air-pulse generator and an inflatable vest that is connected by hoses, which confined patients to a seated position and plugged into a wall during treatment.

Once the patient puts the vest on and turns on the generator, each squeeze of the vest provides pressured air pulses to oscillate the chest wall and produce a cough.

As the first truly portable, battery-operated HFCWO therapy vest, AffloVest was specifically engineered to give patients the freedom and mobility to streamline therapy, enhance airway clearance, help mobilize lung secretions, and promote treatment adherence.

The AffloVest is designed to deliver seamless mobility, without the confinement found in other therapies, to help improve the quality of life for patients with respiratory diseases. To learn more about diseases that benefit from airway clearance therapy, click here.

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