The Hill-Rom VitalCough® Insufflator Exsufflator uses similar, noninvasive positive / negative air pressure to stimulates a cough to remove airway secretions. Patients, with compromised peak cough flow can benefit from this therapy. The Hill-Rom VitalCough® system was specifically designed to be easy to use for both medical professionals, caregivers or patients themselves. It is also used by nursing rehabilitation facilities.
Why Clear Lungs are so incredibly important
Keeping lungs clear of excess mucus is important because retained secretions create a perfect environment for bacteria, viruses and fungi to multiply and cause life-threatening infections. Positive / Negative Airway clearance is also called Mechanical Insufflation/Exsufflation (MI/E). The Hill-Rom VitalCough® and Respironics CoughAssist are very useful for patients who have weakened cough and are unable to remove secretions from the large airways without assistance.
Some patients that produce a lot of excess mucus in the small airways may benefit from the use of a High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation Device such as the Hill-Rom Vest Model 105 or the Philips Respirtech inCourage®.
How the VitalCough Works
The system supplies positive pressure during the inhale phase to inflate the lungs, then immediately shifts to supply negative pressure during the exhale phase. This process mimics a natural cough when secretions are sheared and with the help of this system can be expectorated (coughed up) or removed with suction. Following the exhale, the system pauses and maintains a resting positive pressure flow to the patient.
The Hill-Rom VitalCough® is designed to be easy to use for patients and caregivers. Manual and Automatic modes can be programmed using a simple touch-screen.
Therapy Delivery Options:
- Facemasks ranging from pediatric to adult large
- It can also be used on endotracheal and tracheostomy patients with appropriate adapter.
We also supply 3 breathing circuits with this system!
Please specify mask size when ordering.
How does the Hill-Rom VitalCough® work?
Using a process called mechanical insufflation-exsufflation, the VitalCough gradually applies positive pressure to the airway followed by a rapid shift to negative pressure. This rapid shift produces a high expiratory flow from the lungs, simulating a cough.The technique avoids airway damage and offers an alternative to an invasive procedure while still offering patients greater comfort and quality of life.
What conditions does the Hill-Rom VitalCough® treat?
The VitalCough has been proven effective for patients with an insufficient ability to cough due to:
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Or any other neurological disorder with some paralysis of the respiratory muscles, such as a spinal cord injury
What should I consider before purchasing the Hill-Rom VitalCough®?
- Any patient unable to cough or clear secretions effectively due to reduced peak cough expiratory flow (less than 3 liters per second), resulting from high spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular deficits or severe fatigue associated with intrinsic lung disease is a candidate for the CoughAssist.
- Any patient with a history of bullous emphysema, known susceptibility to pneumothorax, orpneumo-mediastinum, or known to have had any recent barotrauma, should consult with a physician before using.
How is the Hill-Rom VitalCough® used?
The VitalCough® may be used with a facemask or mouthpiece. In addition, the Hill-Rom VitalCough® can work with an adapter to a patient’s endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. It is also safe enough to be used on both adult and pediatric patients at home or in a hospital/institutional environment.
The Hill-Rom VitalCough® is a noninvasive respiratory therapy that safely removes secretions from patients suffering with an ineffective ability to cough. VitalCough® 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.
What is Included
- VitalCough Airway Clearance Unit
- Air Filter.
- 6 Foot Patient Circuit.
- One pediatric or adult mask of your choice.
- AC Power Cord.
- User Manual
Features & Benefits
- Removes secretions from the lungs.
- Reduces the occurrence of respiratory infections.
- Safe, noninvasive alternative to suctioning.
- Easy for patients and caregivers to operate.
- Safe use with tracheostomy tubes for patients with ALS.
- Expels 29% more mucus than deep suctioning.
- Improves SpO2 in ALS patients receiving mechanical ventilation via Tracheostomy tube.
- Clears airways for longer periods of time than tracheal suctioning and with fewer complications.
- Less irritating, less painful, less tiring, and less uncomfortable than tracheal suctioning.
- Minimizes the risk of pneumonia and infections