In a healthy person, there is a constant flow of mucus over the surfaces of the air passages in the lungs. This removes debris and bacteria. In someone with CF, this mucus is excessively sticky and cannot perform this role properly.

In fact, the sticky mucus provides an ideal environment for bacterial growth. People with CF are at risk of bacterial chest infections. About half of people with CF have repeated chest infections and pneumonia. If they are not treated early and properly, these are very difficult to treat. Symptoms include:
  • Persistent Coughing
  • Excess Production of Sputum
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath with ordinary Activities
People with CF need daily chest physiotherapy, which involves vigorous vibration applied to the chest wall to help loosen the sticky mucus. Parents of a child with CF are taught by hospital staff various chest physiotherapy techniques. Older children and adults with CF can be taught to do this for themselves.
Chest physiotherapy is important because it helps to prevent the thick, sticky lung secretions from blocking the air tubes This helps to reduce infection and prevent lung damage. The length of treatment sessions varies according to need. If there are few or no secretions, treatment sessions may only need to last 10-15 minutes. However, it could take as long as 45-60 minutes if there are many secretions to be cleared. The number of treatment sessions should be varied. Most people require two a day when all is well, increasing to four a day when necessary. If no secretions are present, some people with CF only need treatment once a day.

How Does BCV Impact These Patients?

With United Hayek products, there are easy-to-use airway clearance devices that can be utilized in both pediatric and adults patients. Unlike other Chest Percussion Devices, Hayek products do not require special positioning and breathing techniques. Our products can be used in the home-care setting, as well as the hospital. Treatment can be administered either by clinical or non-clinical personnel.
Our products are the only airway clearance systems that have an active cough assistance mode. Our products utilize BCV to generate a true High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) via the cuirass shell. BCV is a method of ventilation that works using a non-invasive cuirass or shell, attached to a power unit that actively controls both phases of the respiratory cycle (the inspiratory and expiratory phases).Using frequencies of 240-1200 Cycles Per Minute, positive and negative pressures are applied to effectively expand and truly oscillate the chest wall and lungs to facilitate mobilization of secretions via the Vibration mode. Our products are the only airway clearance systems that have an active cough assistance mode.

Increased Lung Recruitment

  • BCV works in conjunction with your bodies physiology to naturally fill more of the lung with air

Better Patient Experience

  • By allowing patients to continue to eat and drink, as well as speak to their loved ones, BCV fosters patient independence, and active involvement with their treatment.

Increased Cardiac Output

  • A brief period of cuirass NPV increases cardiac output of patients.

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