Depending on the diagnosis, treatment options may include antibiotics that reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria infecting the bronchi, manual chest physical therapy and airway clearance devices that loosen and expel any excess mucus from the lungs, or expectorants and prescription drugs that help thin mucus so that it is easier to cough up. Depending on the patient’s condition, a doctor may recommend a bronchodilator, inhaled corticosteroids, airway clearance therapy, or surgery to remove part of the infected airway.
When choosing an airway clearance therapy, it is important to take into consideration both the patient’s and the physician’s suggestions and preferences. An airway clearance regimen should be effective, efficient, easy to use, able to be undertaken independently or with minimal assistance, and should improve lung function. It should also be flexible, comfortable and adaptable to meet the changing needs of the individual patient.
AffloVest offers a great alternative to manual chest physiotherapy (CPT).
- Treatment can be self-administered.
- Does not require a skilled professional, so every treatment will be done correctly.
- Freedom to do other things during treatment, because no special position or breathing techniques are required.
AffloVest is the first battery-operated High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation therapy that allows veterans with respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis and COPD, receive state-of-the-art airway clearance therapy on the go.