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The Cough Assist Machine helps to clear secretions from the lungs by helping you with your breathing. When you breathe in (inspiration), the machine gives you air (positive pressure) to help expand your lungs. When you blow out (expiration), the machine creates a sucking force (negative pressure) that pulls the air out of your lungs. This rapid change in pressure during the different phases of breathing (inspiration and expiration) helps make your cough stronger and more effective.
Cough Assist 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.
Important for daily respiratory care and critical during illness, this life-saving device is something every proactive Spinal Muscular Atrophy family needs, regardless of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type. The cough assist can help to mobilize secretions out of the lungs. It provides a deep breath of air and then quickly reverses flow directions to pull the air back out, simulating a cough. This device can dramatically improve airway clearance in a person without an effective cough. The cough assist also helps the lungs develop and grow.
If you are thinking that you child or yourself would benefit from a Cough Assist Machine, the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association of Australia can assist by ‘loaning’ these machines to members of the association on a permanent basis. Please contact the office for an application form.