A very specialized piece of equipment used by Respiratory Therapists has been donated to Kent State University at Ashtabula. Students in the Respiratory Therapy Technology program will now have the opportunity to learn and work with The Vest ™ airway clearance system before applying it on patients in the clinical setting.
Ashtabula Campus Director of Respiratory Therapy Technology David Goswick said The Vest replaces the hands-on manual percussion that respiratory therapists perform on patients. Chest percussion is a therapy that helps loosen up mucus and enable patients to cough it up easier.
"The Vest fills with air and performs the chest cavity percussion that an RT normally performs by hand." Goswick said. "This form of treatment is very labor intensive and time consuming for the practitioner," he said. The adjustable settings enable the therapy to be tailored to meet each patient's needs.
The Vest was donated by Hill-Rom, an Indiana company that that makes hospital beds, furniture, other health care equipment and medical technology systems. The machine and the three vests are valued at $17,000.
Students interested in starting the Respiratory Therapy Technology associate degree program at Kent State at Ashtabula in January should make sure they have all pre-requisites completed by the end of this fall semester. Application deadline for the program is October 1.