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    what is a coughilator

    and what does it do?

    Is there a site?

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    i googled it and they are also called in-exsufflator.

    i also found the following in a blog...

    a coughilator (replaces the ventilator at night with the primary purpose of extracting mucous from his lungs while he sleeps). (http://www.califmall.com/moses/status.htm)

    i couldnt find a site that showed one or gave any information about how it works.

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    I used one of them in acute hospital.

    It's basically a machine that yhas a mask.. it blows/inflates your lungs up. and then at a flip of lever, it sucks/vacumms your lungs.

    It basically helps you cough. You inhale big. The cough... the machine sucks up the crap.

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    does it work good?

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    I believe I did give you the information about this already http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=95987 but here it is again.

    It does NOT replace a ventilator at night. Continuous use like that would be dangerous. We use it for both patients who use a ventilator and those who do not, but rarely more than 5 minutes 4X daily.

    We use them in the hospital, and for selected clients, for use in their home. You can use them with either a trach or with a mouth mask. The machine blows air into the lungs under pressure, then sucks the air and the secretions out. It has to be properly set up for the person by someone with experience in its use, and not all nurses or respiratory therapists (or even physicians) are familiar with it. It takes some practice to get used to using it, both for the client and the caregiver.

    Here is the company's website. It is called both the Cough-Alator, the CoughAssist, and generically, a inexsufflator: http://www.coughassist.com/

    It was originally developed in the last 1940s for people with polio, but now is primarily used for people with neuromuscular problems that cause paralysis of the respiratory muscles used for coughing (abdominals and somewhat intercostals).

    It can either replace or supplement manual (quad) coughing and can be used both preventatively and for management of excess secretions. There are disposable parts that must be routinely replaced which you can purchase from either that company or other respiratory equipment and supply companies.


    (KLD)

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