FAQs – Vest Therapy

Is vest therapy proven effective?

Vest therapy, also referred to as high frequency chest compression (HFCC)/high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) is a safe, FDA-approved and highly effective form of Airway Clearance Therapy; that has been prescribed for more than 120,000 people in the United States. The safety and impact of vest therapy is supported by more than 80 clinical studies in a diverse group of patients including those with cystic fibrosis (CF), advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), bronchiectasis, a variety of conditions that affect muscles and the neurological system that supports normal respiration and secretion clearance, acute illnesses cared for in a hospital or long-term care facility, and a number of other conditions affecting normal pulmonary secretion clearance.

Why is consistent daily therapy important?

While vest therapy systems use many similar components, there is a difference in performance. Make certain the vest therapy system:

  • PREVENTION: Daily therapy can help reduce respiratory infections and the use of additional medications used for respiratory conditions, unscheduled clinic visits and hospitalizations due to respiratory complications.
  • MAINTENANCE: Studies show consistent therapy is essential for maintaining optimal respiratory health. Once you or your child begins to feel better, keep going.
  • OPTIMIZATION: Regular therapy can help optimize or stabilize respiratory health so patients can enjoy the best quality of life possible.

How can vest therapy help my condition?

In numerous published studies, vest therapy, also referred to as high frequency chest compression (HFCC) or high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) therapy, is shown to provide safe, highly effective secretion clearance, positive pulmonary function effects, better general health and improved quality of life. Although, as with all medical treatments, results vary, compliant patients may experience:

  • Increased volume and clearance of secretions
  • Improved breathing
  • Reduced dyspnea or shortness of breath
  • Greater exercise capacity
  • Fewer clinic visits
  • Fewer respiratory infections
  • Quality of life benefits
  • Economic benefits
  • Reduced dependence upon antibiotics

Vest therapies are the most extensively studied airway clearance therapies currently available. Scores of basic research and clinical trials utilizing a full range of appropriate study designs confirm the safety, efficacy and clinical benefits of the therapy. High frequency chest compression/high frequency chest wall oscillation is cited in the peer-reviewed medical literature as an effective standard of care therapeutic option. In clinical practice, vest therapy is widely prescribed for patients with diverse disorders complicated by secretion clearance dysfunction.

What research supports vest therapy?

Vest therapy, also known as High Frequency Chest Compression (HFCC)/High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO), is one of the most studied airway clearance therapy methods in current use. More than 80 HFCC/HFCWO studies have investigated physiological effects, safety, efficacy and other outcomes. Clinical study patient populations and conditions include:

  • Acute Care/ICU/Post-Surgical
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Lung procurement for transplantation
  • Mechanically Ventilated Patients
  • Neuromotor/neuromuscular disorders
  • Stroke

Basic research study topics:

  • Aerosol deposition
  • Mechanisms of action
  • Effects on mucus
  • Physiological effects
  • Sputum induction
  • Ventilatory effects

What results can be expected from vest therapy?

Nearly twenty years of clinical experience and over 80 research studies show the benefits of vest therapy. As with all medical treatments, results vary from user to user. However, adherent patients may notice:

  • Greater volumes of secretions cleared
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Reduced use of antibiotics and other medications
  • Fewer respiratory infections
  • Easier breathing
  • Greater exercise capacity
  • Fewer clinic visits