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Electro Flo 5000
May 08, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Just wondering if anyone uses one of these? I cant seem to find a lot of imformation online about it. Would like to find out if there are people using it and finding it good for physio. And is it safe to use if you previously had a collapsed lung? Any info would be helpful Thanks :D
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May 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I have one! I did a trial on it in January after I had pneumonia. I only use it at night. (I do 30 minutes of vest in the am and then in the pm 15 minutes of vest followed by 15 minutes of the Electro Flo).

I LOVE it! I have no idea about the pneumonothorax, but you could avoid that area if you are worried.

2 things I have noticed:

1) If I decide to skip it and just do 30 minutes of the vest at night, I am coughing more the next day.

2) When I had pneumonia, I had the characteristic rusty colored sputum. I would sit for 15 minutes on the vest and not cough up a thing, or else cough up normal colored sputum. With the percussor, the rusty stuff from my bases was coming up because I was able to focus on that area.

The company is great to work with. I would talk to your doctor about the safety and then ask for a 30 day trial.
May 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
http://www.medsystems.com/Electro-Flo-5000.aspx ~ I have this and love it, for same reasons Tiffa says. You can really zero in on certain areas (if you can reach). I had a broken shoulder and could not use the vest so I got this and it was a godsend... plus my husband or PT at hospital can use it on me... great to travel with (not as cumbersome as the vest)... Not sure about the collapsed lung part, but you can adjust pressure/speed for sensitive areas.... there is a video I will try to find and send you. They were great about working with us for insurance so I can help you with that maybe if you need.
May 08, 2012 at 3:40 PM
I have one of these. I don't use it daily, but it is great for when I feel congested in one particular area or in my chest. I think the cost was about $5000.
May 08, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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