The “vest” is a machine that is made up of two parts: an air-pulse generator and an inflatable vest that wraps all they way around the chest. The air pulse generator creates rapid bursts of air that make the vest inflate and deflate against the chest wall.
The vibration of the vest against the chest wall helps to loosen mucus. The vest creates an airflow that helps to remove mucus from the airway walls. For therapy to be effective, Huff Cough and regular coughing must be done during and after the treatments.
Perform vest treatments two times a day: Once in the morning and then again in the afternoon or evening. Increase vest treatments to four times a day when your child is sick (or feels they may be getting sick). Medicine that may be given during vest treatments include Albuterol, Atrovent, Intal, Pulmozyme and hypertonic saline.