QualiBreath sternum and thorax support compared to other devices
When reviewing the literature of complications after heart surgery and the positive effects of external sternum supports, a set of requirements for an ideal sternum support can be established. We have listed these requirements and put QualiBreath next to other devices used as sternum supports.
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|Requirements for external sternum supports||
|Heart Hugger™ or similar single function cough support||Posthorax™ or similar single function rigid support|
|Dual functionality (Constant stabilisation & additional cough support)||Yes||No||No||No|
|Passive and constant support to sore ribs, muscles and sternum||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Passive and constant lateral stabilisation of the sternum||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Free lower lung lobes and upper abdominal area||Yes||N/A - Depends where it is positioned||N/A - May depend on position which is not fixed||Yes|
|Handles for additional, patient activated, support during coughing, sneezing, straining, laughing and pain||Yes||N/A||Yes - not “additional” since the patient activated handles are the only function possible||No|
|Additional support without inward pressure on the sternum bone||Yes||No, gives inward pressure against sternum when used||Yes - not “additional” since the patient activated handles are the only function possible||No|
|Shoulder straps without buckles||Yes||N/A||No||No|
|Correct position at all times||Yes||No||No||May depend on tightness since it's rigid|
|Comfortable to wear directly on the skin||Yes||N/A||No||No|
|Possible to wear discreetly under clothes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Comfortable to sleep with||Yes||Yes - as any pillow||No||No|
|Functions during sleep||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Quick to open in emergency||Yes||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|Ventilated (breathable material)||Yes||N/A||No||No|
|Washable||Yes||Unknown||Soak only||Yes, but no hospital wash|
|Accessories: pouch for tele monitoring||Yes||N/A||Yes||No|
|Accessories: perspiration pads||Yes||N/A||No||No|
|Accessories: seat belt pad||Yes||N/A||No||No|
|Accessories: washing net||Yes||N/A||No||No|
*Does not contain Natural Rubber Latex (no NRL)
This chart is for informational purposes only. The trademark Posthorax™ is property of Posthorax; any product information was found on their company website on the date of creation of this page and may not be up to date. The trademark Heart Hugger™ is property of General Cardiac Technology; any product information was found on their company website on the date of creation of this page and may not be up to date.
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