Monday, March 27, 2006

Quick question on the VEST

Have you had any good (or bad) anecdotal experience with the Vest for respiratory secretion clearing? There are some published trials and I have a few people with bronchiectasis, including the Pt with Kartagener's using it.

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DKeena said...

My experience has been that most insurances are unwilling to pay for this device in the setting of non-CF bronchiectasis.

The CF patients I've encountered who have a "vest" love it, and seem to be more compliant with this over other forms of mucus clearance.

Hard to say whether it works better than other modalities though...