Tessa never used a cough assist machine. Before she received a trach, I would manually help her cough by manipulating her diaphragm– silimar to a Heimlich maneuver. There was some talk of her using a cough assist, but she already needed a ventilator, so I was her only cough assist machine.
Nevertheless, I am posting some video of others using the machine because it is informative. This beautiful woman shows how hard one has to fight.
This kid is great, too.
That instrument on the suction hose is called a Yankauer. It’s funny watching them place it so deeply into the mouth. Tessa hates that. If I put it even slightly past her lips, she will raise hell with me.
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