The nervous system conditions, the G codes, like multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and muscular dystrophy (MD) can be deadly due to the consequences of an ineffective cough. Atelectasis, mucus plugging, and recurrent respiratory tract infections are the main factors of morbidity and mortality in neuromuscular diseases.
Studies show HFCWO therapy is safe, tolerable and provides better compliance, compared to standard chest physiotherapy, in patients with neuromuscular diseases. Medical costs also decreased after initiation of HFCWO along with inpatient admission costs and pneumonia costs in this patient population.8
Airway clearance therapy is a cornerstone treatment aimed at minimizing the effects of airway obstruction, inflammation, and infections in numerous lung conditions like some we just discussed. If the airway obstruction – or mucus – is not cleared, then the endless cycle of inflammation and infection cannot be stopped. Airway clearance therapy can help break this cycle and reduce overall healthcare costs as well.