20 facts you may not know about recovering from heart surgery and the use of external chest supports
These points are extracted from the recently published white paper from D. Hjorth titled: "Evaluation of external chest supports based on the entire recovery process in and out of the hospital to avoid offset costs of long term complications and medications."
It’s time for change. Sternal precautions must focus on function and patient characteristics to facilitate recovery rather than impede it.
Many hospitals supply heart patients with pillows, often called heart- chest- or cough- pillows. The purpose is to help patients to protect their sternum when they need to cough or sneeze. The question is: Could such pillows do more harm than good?
A study from Australia by Doa El-Ansary et al., compares the QualiBreath sternum support, called “Adjustable Fastening Brace” in the article, to an elastic compression binder, and sports tape - used to control sternal instability.