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.