Monday, March 18, 2013

SmartVest Airway Clearance System

For months I've been looking forward to the day we could get an airway clearance vest for E.  Doing manual chest PT has become quite the challenge lately since she doesn't sit still for long and if we try to do percussion on her chest she just swats our hands away or tries to chew on the percussor (or "bopper" as we've come to call it at our house)!

So at our last clinic visit we asked if she was big enough for a vest and they told us she was!  We went through a long few weeks of waiting for insurance to approve everything and finally got it ordered and shipped last week.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, this page will help explain how it works.
Basically, she wears a vest that is attached to an air compressor that shakes her chest to loosen the thick mucus in her lungs.


  1. Oh my goodness! She is so adorable!! I have only seen an adult wear the vest, but she is so darn cute. Our babies are just a month apart, but I am the one that get to wear the Vest!!

  2. Oh my this is adorable Amy!! So does she cough up mucus during the treatment???

  3. She hasn't so far. But I have it on the lowest setting right now to get her used to it.

  4. She's adorable. We started our daughter once she turned a year. We also choose smart vest! It's a god send, isn't it?!