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    Cough Assist

    My partner is going to Southampton in a couple of weeks to see if he can tolerate a cough assist. Although his cough is loud, the test show it is weak.

    At night he coughs a lot very rattling but can't get anything up. He sleeps in a hospital bed with head end about 45 degrees up.

    I just can't visualises how this machine works.

    Any information would be good.
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    Kernowmum

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    Hi Kernowmum,

    There are videos on Youtube showing Cough Assist machines in use.

    This one shows a person with ALS/MND using one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M--uuDpGxMM

    Look at a few videos; ignore those used on people with a tracheostomy.

    Ellie x.
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    Thanks Ellie
    I've looked at the video, was really useful to have an idea before we go. I'm not sure how he will get on,can but try.

    Kernowmum x

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    My husband was under the care of Southampton for all things respiratory and they were fantastic - they will help and support you so much.

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    Thanks Smudge, we have come home from Southampton with a cough assist. I agree they are really helpful.
    Kernowmum

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    Hi,
    I've been referred to the RVI in Newcastle for a cough assist machine. I'm really hoping it's helpful!
    My cough is very weak.
    Bern x

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    I'm sure it will be very useful Bern, particularly if you have times when you struggle to clear phlegm.

    I know it's not nice to be referred for "yet another" piece of equipment but it should improve your quality of life.

    Best wishes Bern,
    Love Ellie.
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    Thanks Ellie.

    Spent hours yesterday trying to get rid of phlegm.
    I was exhausted.

    Bern x

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    One other thing Bern - sorry, I always think of other things I should have mentioned!!!

    Ask for a Nebuliser at the Resp Clinic. Using one with saline for a few mins before using the cough assist makes the phlegm less tenacious. It's a small, but very useful gadget.

    They may also suggest a suction machine, as they are often used together. (Just so you're aware...)

    Love Ellie.
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    Thanks Ellie.
    I'll go prepared!
    Bern x

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