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Philips-InCourage vest therapy

Vest therapy can help break the serious cycle of excess mucus, lung infections and further lung damage for patients living with chronic respiratory conditions. 


Patients who use vest therapy have been shown to experience fewer pneumonias, fewer hospitalizations,1-5 and better results on pulmonary function tests,6,7 which measure how well the lungs are working.

Comfortable, effective Philips InCourage vest therapy

InCourage vest therapy is designed for easy use at home or in a clinical setting. The InCourage system creates compressions to the chest, helping to loosen, thin and move mucus through the lungs and out of airways.

Triangle waveform: the difference is clear

The InCourage system utilizes triangle waveform technology, which delivers a brief, intense, chest physical therapy (CPT)-like “thump” to the chest. Research has shown triangle waveform clears up to 20% more mucus than competing technology.8


Active venting – another innovation unique to the InCourage system – immediately releases air in the vest in response to the user’s breath, allowing a deeper, more comfortable breath during therapy.

Triangle waveform

Benefits experienced by InCourage system users

RespirTech’s patient outcome program has self-reported data from more than 16,000 bronchiectasis patients and counting. Patient-reported results after 12 months of vest therapy with the InCourage system showed:
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Yearly rate of hospitalization dropped

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Ability to clear lungs

Good-excellent rating increased
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Respiratory health

Good-excellent rating increased
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Antibiotic use decreased

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*Methodology: As of  6/30/19, self-reported data from over 16,000 bronchiectasis patients.​

**RespirTech's bronchiectasis patient outcomes program consists of follow-up calls at periodic intervals for up to two years to encourage HFCWO adherence and ensure the device is properly set for individual needs.

Comfort and style for patients of all ages and sizes

Philips InCourage comfort vests offer a personalized fit through a wide range of sizes (from 16”-60”) and the use of adjustable straps. Users can also show their individual style with the system’s colorful patterned vest fabrics and unit decals.
Philips InCourage comfort vests
Philips ClearChest comfort vests and bands for hospital

Philips ClearChest comfort vests and bands for hospitals

In clinical settings, the InCourage system is used with ClearChest hospital products. Developed in collaboration with ICU and critical care professionals, these single-use vests, bands and disposable hoses minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

We’re here to help

We’re dedicated to helping patients benefit from our devices. RespirTech’s licensed respiratory therapists and registered nurses visit patients and caregivers at home to deliver personalized training sessions. We follow up with check-in calls to monitor progress. In case of technical issues or questions, support staff are available by phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday at 800.793.1261.​
Marjorie M., CA, bronchiectasis patient
I was on antibiotics every month for the last 40 years. I’ve used the InCourage system for over two years [and] I haven’t had to take antibiotics.* I have so much more energy, more of the desire to want to do things. It’s completely changed my life.”

– Marjorie M., CA, bronchiectasis patient

*Individual results may vary


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2. Overgaard PM, Radford PJ. High-frequency chest wall oscillation improves outcomes in children with cerebral palsy. CHEST 2005; 128 (4): 354S.  Note: A retrospective quality assurance review on 13 children with cerebral palsy.
3. Plioplys AV, Lewis S, Kasnicka I. Pulmonary vest therapy in pediatric long-term care. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2002;3:318-321. Note: Study of 7 quadriplegic cerebral palsy patients, 4 having epilepsy.
4. Lechtzin N, Wolfe LF, Frick KD. The Impact of High-Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation on Healthcare Use in Patients with Neuromuscular Diseases. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 2016;13(6):904-909.  Note: 426 patients NMD patients.
5. Barto T, et al. Registry Outcomes for HFCWO Vest Therapy in Adult Patients with Bronchiectasis. Poster presented at: Am Thor Soc Intern Confer; 15 May 2016; San Francisco, Calif.  Note: 2596 BE patient registry study comparing hospitalizations, antibiotic use and self-reported QOL metrics before and after HFCWO therapy.
6. Warwick WJ, Hansen LG. The long-term effect of high-frequency chest compression therapy on pulmonary complications of cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonal 1991; 11:265-271. Note: 16 CF patient study comparing pulmonary function following CPT to HFCC therapy.
7. Arens R, Gozal D, Omlin KJ, Vega J, Boyd KP, Keens TG, Woo MS. Comparison of high-frequency chest compression and conventional chest physiotherapy in hospitalized patients with cystic fibrosis. Am J Repir Crit Care Med 1994; 150: 1154-1157.  Note: 50 CF patient study comparing conventional CPT to HFCC.
8. Milla CE, Hansen LG, Weber A, Warwick WJ. High-Frequency chest compression: effect of the third generation compression waveform. Biomed Instrum Technol 2004; 38:322-328. Note: 8 CF patient study comparing triangular vs. sine waveform technology.
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