People with Cystic Fibrosis typically perform “airway clearance therapy” (ACT) daily, sometimes several times a day. This can be done techniques such as active cycle of breathing, manual chest physiotherapy (CPT), a high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) therapy vest, or a PEP device. These methods use percussion, vibration and drainage to help loosen and mobilize mucus in the airways, allowing it to be coughed up.
HFCWO vest therapy is a cornerstone technique in managing cystic fibrosis. The AffloVest is the first fully mobile and portable HFCWO vest that facilitates airway clearance by incorporating eight oscillating motors to create eight individual pressure waves that target the lobes of the lungs, much like manual Chest Physical Therapy (CPT)—in order to help effectively mobilize mucus.
By incorporating eight oscillating motors into AffloVest, our patented Direct Dynamic Oscillation™ technology creates eight individual pressure waves that target the lobes of the lungs, much like manual Chest Physical Therapy (CPT)—in order to help effectively mobilize secretions.Patient home treatment plans can be customized for the targeted motors using the digital controller to specify different levels of intensity for 3 different treatment options.
If desired, a variety of airway clearance therapies may be combined during use with the AffloVest to help optimize airway clearance. With its unique design and the ability to take full, deep breaths during treatment, nebulizer treatments and postural drainage techniques can be combined with AffloVest therapy with the goal of improving lung function and helping improve a person’s quality of life.