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    any ideas on how long airway clearance systems last ?

    hi,

    if anyone has information about hours or years these systems last i would appreciate it

    i'm considering purchase of a used system, probably hill-rom
    because my insurance won't cover it adequately with high monthly rentals

    knowing how long they last would help with purchase decision

    thanks

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    DS' first brand new vest lasted about 3-4 years. Since it was new and had a lifetime warranty, Hill Rom replaced it. I suspect the replacements are refurbished. Nowdays they seem to last about 2 years. The last one they replaced was this past summer and it's started to make noise, but hasn't thrown a code yet. I'd be cautious about buying a used one because I don't believe the warranty is valid.

    Have you tried working with your clinic and insurance? When we first applied for the vest Hill Rom warned us that it would be denied initially and our insurance then required us to come up with 20% of any durable medical purchases. We went thru an appeal process, were able to trial the vest and received calls the first year asking for # of hours used --- checking for compliance. And after a year we were told it was covered. Hill Rom does have financing. In our case I think we had to come up with $500 when it was all said and done, when I was putting money away for $3000. A friend of mine's insurance covered a portion one year and the remainder the following year. Think there was a lease period. IMO, ask your clinic to write up a script and start the process.
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    So my teen's vest stopped working tonight, wouldn't inflate properly. Pulled out the manual to call for a replacement and it said the machine should last about two years.
    Parent to a child wcf double delta f508.

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    is this regarding a hill rom 105?

    2 years is not a long time !

    Quote Originally Posted by Ratatosk View Post
    So my teen's vest stopped working tonight, wouldn't inflate properly. Pulled out the manual to call for a replacement and it said the machine should last about two years.

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    Yes, it's a hill rom 105. Brand new vests from hill rom have a lifetime warranty, ds has had a vest for about 12 years. And I think they've replaced it 4 times for sure, soon to 5.
    Parent to a child wcf double delta f508.

    Started Orkambi July 2015
    Began Symdeko August 2018

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    Hi Guys,

    Have you ever tried using the PEP devices? What do you think of them? Do they work and what one should I get?

    Thanks

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