Hi All,

My Dad has ALS and he is using a cough assist machine. I wanted to know how often is it advised to use the cough assist machine. Is it ok to use it if there is no mucus or secretion... at the time he feels uncomfortable. I wanted to know more on the cough assist machine. Right now he is using +50/-50 pressure with 3 sec time gap for inhale and exhale pressure. Sometime, we notice fresh blood mixed in his cough. Is this normal?

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replied September 13th, 2017
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Cough assisted machine is basically meant to prevent secretions getting clogged in airway. If there is no secretion use of cough assisted machine is unnecessary but you may still use it if you feel slight a bit of secretion down there. Blood in sputum is not normal it should be evaluated for infections like bronchitis . Let your physician have a look and decide what it is.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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