Emerson Cough/Assist In-Exsufflator

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July 21, 2003, 02:01 PM
Emerson Cough/Assist In-Exsufflator
We have a doc that's chomping at the bit to use this thing (he's like a kid in a candy shop). I've been to the Emerson website and copied the abstracts they list realizing that they probably only list the studies that are positive to their product. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has real-world experience with this equipment. It sounds like a very time-consuming mode of therapy for an acute care facility. Any thoughts?
November 30, 2003, 12:59 PM
Dear Phil413,

I've seen some talk about this device on Jim Lubin's vent user's list. From what I recall, the responses are positive, but perhaps you should post there or at least review the archives for more info (look at the top of this page):

April 08, 2004, 09:57 PM
Our pulmonologist swears by these for neuromuscular patients. I have used it several times and it takes about the same amount of time as a IPPB tx. The company sent information to us with Christopher Reeve giving his approval of it.
July 18, 2008, 01:32 PM
This machine has saved my sons life several times. It works much better than the hospitals medications and manually trying to clear his chest when he is sick. Cannot give you any negative feedback, just maybe listen to your doctor and give it a try. You will be happily surprised.
July 26, 2008, 06:45 PM
Go with an open minded doc, because the use may vary depending on the condition being treated. My husband has been quadrplegic for almost two years now. As a result, he now has a trach and reduced diaphragm function. Due to the reduced diaphragm function, he can't expectorate and most people in his condition would require "deep suction" with a catheter. We have one of those too, but have only used it maybe a hundred times in two years!! We LOVE the suction machine!!! Non-invasive, and more productive, and I can get him coughed in less time than it takes to glove up and connect a catheter. Thank your stars that the doc is considering this, most haven't even heard of it!!