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
QualiBreath sternum and thorax support
QualiBreath
Heart pillow
Heart pillow
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
Latex-free* Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
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)

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:

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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