Long-term use of Electromed’s SmartVest Airway Clearance System reduces bronchiectasis-related exacerbations and improves patients’ quality of life, a recent study shows.

SmartVest’s long-term benefits were reported in the study, “Incidence of Bronchiectasis-Related Exacerbation Rates After High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) Treatment — A Longitudinal Outcome-Based Study.” The study was published in Respiratory Therapy: The Journal of Pulmonary Technique.

Bronchiectasis treatments include high-frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO), a method that delivers compression pulses to the chest wall within a range of selectable frequencies. By producing an alternating pulse that rapidly compresses and releases the chest wall, the SmartVest device promotes mucus release from the lungs’ walls, easing its elimination while clearing the airways.