Purpose & Benefits
• Provides an improved protective pad for open-heart surgery patients.
• Applies pressure to the chest in a hands-free manner.
• Protects the sternum while minimizing pain and discomfort.
• Eliminates the need to hold a protective pad against the chest after surgery.
• Facilitates greater mobility of a patient both during the day and night by securing the device onto the patient and not requiring the patient to hold the device in place.
• Compresses the chest to offer protection when a user coughs or sneezes.
Open-heart surgery patients are required to hold a protective pad against their chest when getting into bed, sitting, sneezing, or coughing. Another common problem for open-heart surgery patients is they can only lie on their backs at night. In the event a patient sneezes or coughs unexpectedly, or accidently rolls over in the middle of the night after surgery, the protective pad can fall off, which is dangerous to the patient. In some cases, women with large breasts need extra support because the sutures can break if no pad is worn. These situations need to be avoided and it is important for post-operation patients be protected from any possible, future issues and complications.
Detailed Description & Features
Therapeutic Heart Pad is a device that can offer patients enhanced security, comfort and mobility after open-heart surgery. The invention can comprise a two-part padded vest that has separate front and back sections. The device holds a protective pad against the chest of an individual and can be used after an individual had open-heart surgery or a similar procedure. Additionally, the device is worn against the chest, encompassing an area from the clavicles to the bottom of the rib cage. The back section of the device extends from the top of the shoulders to the bottom of the rib cage. When worn, this construction provides full, structural support to the back. While both the front and back sections help with support, the front section's padding minimizes discomfort for the user. Both sections can connect together by straps with hook-and-loop fasteners on each side, or another suitable means. In use, individuals secure the two sections on the front and back of their midsection by hook and loop fasteners. The hook and loop fasteners hold a plurality of straps over the shoulders and around the midsection of the individual. In order to create a snug, tight fit, the straps may be shortened. This can also apply the required amount of pressure to the chest wound. If the patient needs to cough or sneeze, he or she may cross his or her arms across the front surface of the pad and apply additional pressure. This action will add more support to withstand the pressure created by coughing or sneezing.
In its preferred embodiment, the device is used by patients recovering from open heart surgery. The device can be prescribed by a heart surgeon after surgery to help minimize discomfort, protect the sternum, and avoid sternal malunions. The device provides an improved protective pad for use by the patient recovering from open heart surgery and aids in supporting the sternum. If during the night, users roll to either side, the pad remains in position and protect the chest. The device can be worn by the individual under clothing or outside of the clothing based on the comfort level of the individual. While worn, the device can also be used in normal activities such as walking, driving or sitting within a vehicle. The exact specifications may vary.