RespironicsEmerson Cough-Assist helps with the removal of bronchial secretions. The CoughAssist is safe, simple and effective. The Cough Assist Mechanical Insufflator-Exsufflator, or Cofflator, safely and effectively clears retained broncho-pulmonary secretions, reducing the risk of respiratory complications. It comes standard with an adjustable internal inhale-flow restrictor, a simpler breathing circuit, and an optional mobile stand.
How does the Cough Assist work?
Using a process called "mechanical insufflation-exsufflation," the CoughAssist gradually applies a positive pressure to the airway followed by a rapid shift to negative pressure. This rapid shift produces a high expiratory flow from the lungs, simulating a cough. The technique avoids airway damage and offers an alternative to an invasive procedure while still offering patients greater comfort and quality of life.
What is the Cough Assist good for?
Respironics Cough-Assist has been proven effective for patients with an insufficient ability to cough due to the following:
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Or any other neurological disorder with some paralysis of the respiratory muscles, such as a spinal cord injury.
What should I consider before purchasing the Cough Assist?
Any patient unable to cough or clear secretions effectively due to reduced peak cough expiratory flow (less than 3 liters per second), resulting from high spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular deficits or severe fatigue associated with intrinsic lung disease, is a candidate for the CoughAssist.
Any patient with a history of bullous emphysema, known susceptibility to pneumothorax, or pneumo-mediastinum, or known to have had any recent barotrauma, should consult seriously with a physician before using.
How is the Cough Assist devise used?
Cough Assist is versatile enough to be used with a facemask or mouthpiece Additionally, the Cough Assist can work with an adapter to a patient's endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. It is also safe enough to be used on both adult and pediatric patients at home or in a hospital/institutional environment.
What Cough Assist options are available?
The new, updated cough assist model has the option to use in either automatic or manual modes.
Timing mechanisms to automate the inspiratory and expiratory cycles, as well as a manual control.
The CoughAssist meets all US, Canadian and European electrical standards.
NOTICE: U.S. Federal Law restricts this device to sale by or on order of a physician.
Cough Assist Device Specifications:
CoughAssist Maximum Positive Pressure: 60cm (44mm Hg).
CoughAssist Maximum Negative Pressure: 60cm (44mm Hg).
CoughAssist Maximum Inhalation Flow: 3.3. liters/second minimum; 10 liters/second maximum.
CoughAssist Maximum Exhalation Flow Capacity: 10 liters/second; flow dependant on max pressure and airway resistance.
Cough Assist Device Product Features
Cough Assist is a noninvasive respiratory therapy that safely removes secretions from patients suffering with an ineffective ability to cough. The Cough Assist Device clears secretions by gradually applying a positive pressure to the airway, then rapidly shifting to negative pressure. The rapid shift in pressure produces a high expiratory flow, simulating a natural cough.
Cough Assist Machine Product Benefits
Removes secretions from the lungs
Reduces the occurrence of respiratory infections
Safe, noninvasive alternative to suctioning
Easy for patients and caregivers to operate
Vitality Medical is only authorized to sell and ship Respironics products to end-users residing in the United States.
Manufacturers Note: Philips Respironics recommends that new patients purchase their devices, masks and initial accessories from a homecare company that can provide an individualized patient equipment set-up, clinical and after-sales support, and a program to assist patients with therapy success.
Additional Note: MSRP for Respironics CoughAssist with Full Local Support is $7,300, with Limited Support $6,999, or with Vitality Medical's Special Online Support $6,610.
I've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The illness turned my life upside down. Before I was a very active person but because of this, my movements have been limited. One painful thing for me is when I have dry cough or I have colds. In which cases I cannot really cough out normally because I can feel pain and there are times that I cannot move.With this device, I am now able to get all the phlegm out without me getting the painful feeling associated with my coughing. Thanks for this technology.
Cough Assist Review
(Posted on 4/11/11)
It was great help for me while I was having lung inflammation. I had to cough like crazy and it was always painful before getting this. With this, though it doesn't stop coughing itself, you can do it more easily. I would highly recommend to buy it those who have bronchial disease quite often like me.
The famous Cough Assist- A review
(Posted on 4/5/11)
The Cough Assist is a reliable, best and safe therapy. It removes the patient’s secretions slowly who are not able to cough on their own. The cough assist will gradually apply positive pressure to the airway and then it shifts quickly to negative pressure. This fast shift in the change of the pressure gives high expiratory flow resulting in natural cough. Thanks to Vitality Medical for high quality product at great price!!