Coughing is an important physiologic mechanism by which the airways are cleared of secretions that can otherwise impair breathing and cause pneumonia. People with various neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injuries, or those post-stroke can have trouble producing an effective cough, so manual suctioning is often performed.
Philips Respironics just received FDA approval for the CoughAssist T70, a system that generates air movement through the airway that’s similar to a natural cough and collects the phlegm that’s produced. The device uses sensors to detect the person’s breathing pattern and will synchronize the the push/pull of the cough so it feels natural. It works via a mask, or can connect to an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube.
Features from the product page:
- Cough-Trak – A unique triggering feature with automatic sensitivity allows patients to initiate therapy and synchronize treatment with their own breathing pattern;
- Portablility – Weighing less than 9 lbs., it is compact, lightweight and easy to transport;
- Flexibility – In addition to AC and DC power options, a detachable lithium ion battery allows up to four treatments on a single charge;
- Ease of use – A user-friendly digital interface and preset prescriptions simplify setup and initiating therapy;
- Results – New data management software allows patients and caregivers to monitor tidal volume, peak cough flow and oxygen saturation levels to enhance therapy effectiveness.
The CoughAssist T70 comes with an SD card, hose clip, air filter, patient circuit, adult mask, carrying case, and AC power cord.
Product page: CoughAssist…
Press release: Philips Respironics CoughAssist T70 airway clearance technology – an effective alternative to traditional suctioning methods