How Cough-Assist Machines Help With SMA

In this Fight SMA video, Dr. Nanci Yuan talks about the role of cough-assist machines in the treatment of children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). She explains that the cough-assist machine is used primarily for two functions: to clear mucus and for chest expansion.

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Dr. Yuan advises that parents and caregivers get practical experience using the cough-assist machine before they actually need to use it on their child, so they are well-versed in its functionality.

She also explains that although many parents are concerned about using the machine on infants, with the right training the cough-assist machine can bring benefits to very young children.

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