About Qualiteam s.r.l.

Mission:

Qualiteam is dedicated to developing, producing and selling innovative products worldwide that advance postoperative care and recovery to improve the overall hospital experience for patients. This ultimately may result in cost savings for the health care administrators.
We provide our products and services with a compassion as if each patient was part of our family, and we treat customers and fellow team members with honesty, integrity and respect in all aspects of our activities.

Qualiteam’s headquarter and production facility is based in Northern Italy on the southern slopes of the Alps. The company was founded in 1999 by Doris Hjorth, a cardiovascular nurse and a US certified perfusionist. Research and a passion to improve patient’s hospital experience while enhancing the daily day patient care for nurses, are fundamental qualities rooted into the company activities.

All product designs have an explicit focus on improving the patient’s comfort and entire recovery process in the hospital and at home, with the desired result to decrease complications and overall costs of hospitalization.

The introduction of QualiBreath in 2005 pioneered the design of external chest support devices and their use. QualiBreath is still the only dual-functional external chest support device with its constant, firm, lateral support on the sternum and the patient-activated reinforcement handles for additional circumferential support for coughing, sneezing and other painful situations.

A complete line of advanced postoperative care products has since been developed and are patented or patent pending. The unique QualiBra Advanced postoperative bra and sternum support for fuller-sized women who have had a sternotomy; the QualiBelly Advanced, the unequaled abdominal support for critical interventions, and the THOR chest compression binder dedicated to gynecomastia patients, are just few of a growing product portfolio.

Qualiteam is devoted to back product design up with scientific evidence and clinical research. Recently an extensive literature review of postoperative complications after the sternotomy procedure and the preventive methods available was published.

Publications:
Qualiteam’s White paper: D. Hjorth, 2014. 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
The function and efficiency of QualiBreath as a comfortable, pain-relieving, lateral support on the sternum has been documented in:
El-Ansary D, Waddington G, Adams R. Control of Separation in Sternal Instability by Supportive Devices: A Comparison of an Adjustable Fastening Brace, Compression Garment, and Sports Tape. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:1775-81.
QualiBreath is referenced in:
Brocki BC, Thorup CB, Andreasen JJ. Precautions related to midline sternotomy in cardiac surgery. A review of mechanical stress factors leading to sternal complications. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2010;9:77-84.
Cahalin LP, LaPier TK, Shaw, DK. Sternal Precautions: Is It Time for Change? Precautions versus Restrictions – A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Revision. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal Vol 22 No 1 March 2011

 

 

About post-operative health care:

- Post-operative supports that hold your patients and budget together

Average cost per hour after:
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Complications
after surgery make
costs rise to the clouds

The STS Database shows major infection in 3.5% of patients after CABG (2). The average cost of a deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) is $60,000 (3). This means almost 3 patients per month in a hospital that performs 1000 CABG annually - and additionally $1,5 million in cost.

Women with larger breasts are 38 times more likely to develop mediastinitis due to tension on the incision - the same mechanism causing risk in obese patients (4).

Sternal instability is highly associated with development of mediastinitis and sternal approximation is important for prevention of it (5). The effects of supportive devices in patients with chronic instability showed that the use of an adjustable fastening brace improved pain and lessened sternal separation (6).

The use of an elasticized binder after major abdominal surgery can enhance the speed of recovery (7).

  1. JF Dasta et al. Daily cost of an intensive care unit day: the contribution of mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2005 Jun;33(6):1266-71.
  2. V.Fowler, Jr, et al. Clinical Predictors of Major Infections After Cardiac Surgery Circulation. 2005;112:I-358-I-365.
  3. N Rao et al. Prevention of postoperative mediastinitis: a clinical process improvement model. J. Healthcare Quality. Jan/Feb 2004;26(1)
  4. M Copeland et al. Breast size as a risk factor for sternal wound complications following cardiac surgery. Archives of Surgery. 1994;129(7):757-759.
  5. D. El-Ansary et al. Control of Separation in Sternal Instability by Supportive Devices: A Comparison of an Adjustable Fastening Brace, Compression Garment, and Sports TapeArch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:1775-81.
  6. LP Cahalin et al. Sternal Precautions: Is It Time for Change? Precautions versus Restrictions – A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Revision, Cardiopulm Phys Ther Journal, Vol 22, No. 1 Mar 2011.
  7. O. Cheifetz et al.The Effect of Abdominal Support on Functional Outcomes in Patients Following Major Abdominal Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 62, Number 3.
Investment in quality postoperative supports improves recovery
and saves costs
Patients will gain:
  • Respiration management
  • Comfort and security
  • Less pain
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Better posture
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Color stimulation
Leaving the CCU one hour earlier can save up to $145.
Comfort for patients
Functional convenience for staff
Costs savings for administrators
Leaving the hospital one day earlier can save up to $2200.
A patient that is comfortable and feels well can lower medication costs.
We need to hold it all together by using efficient and comfortable supports that promote:
  • Earlier recovery
  • Lower medication costs
  • Earlier discharge

Visit www.qualiteam.com to learn about our postoperative supports.

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References:

  1. JF Dasta et al. Daily cost of an intensive care unit day: the contribution of mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2005 Jun;33(6):1266-71.
  2. V.Fowler, Jr, et al. Clinical Predictors of Major Infections After Cardiac Surgery Circulation. 2005;112:I-358-I-365
  3. N Rao et al. Prevention of postoperative mediastinitis: a clinical process improvement model. J. Healthcare Quality. Jan/Feb 2004;26(1)
  4. M Copeland et al. Breast size as a risk factor for sternal wound complications following cardiac surgery. Archives of Surgery. 1994;129(7):757-759.
  5. D. El-Ansary et al. Control of Separation in Sternal Instability by Supportive Devices: A Comparison of an Adjustable Fastening Brace, Compression Garment, and Sports TapeArch Phys Med Rehabil 2008;89:1775-81.
  6. LP Cahalin et al. Sternal Precautions: Is It Time for Change? Precautions versus Restrictions – A Review of Literature and Recommendations for Revision, Cardiopulm Phys Ther Journal, Vol 22, No. 1 Mar 2011
  7. O. Cheifetz et al.The Effect of Abdominal Support on Functional Outcomes in Patients Following Major Abdominal Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial Physiotherapy Canada, Volume 62, Number 3