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The Freedom Undervest
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We’ve named our groundbreaking product the “Freedom Undervest” because it will free you from the VAD bag! Go hands-free with this patent-pending undergarment, designed to securely hold your controller and batteries beneath your clothing. Free yourself from worry and the VAD bag, with the Freedom Undervest.
Please order one full size SMALLER than you normally wear since the fabric has stretch characteristics.
Buy 3 or more and we will refund your shipping cost at order fulfillment. This offers applies only to shipments within the continental United States.
Compatible with all LVAD systems.
Immobilize the driveline at the wound site, reducing the risk of driveline infections.
Conceal and protect the driveline from snagging and damage that may lead to driveline fractures.
Eliminate the need for adhesive driveline anchors while wearing the Undervest.
Evenly distributes the weight of the external equipment, which improves balance, alleviates shoulder pain and fatigue caused by shoulder VAD bags.
Provides hands-free mobility.
Breathable 2-way stretch fabric that offers great compression to comfortably house controllers and batteries securely.
Helps relieve the stress of ALWAYS being concerned for the safety of the driveline and equipment.
We’ve named our groundbreaking LVAD vest the “Freedom Undervest” because it will free you from the VAD bag! The Freedom Undervest can be used with both the HeartWare and the HeartMate LVAD systems! Go hands-free with this patent-pending undergarment, designed to securely hold your controller and batteries beneath your clothing. The Undervest is not just another LVAD shirt, but the first TRULY protective LVAD shirt. Freedom from worry and anxiety is our primary focus at Medi-Materials. Living your best life as an LVAD recipient means knowing you have the best tools and technology at your disposal to protect you. By its design, the Freedom Undervest my reduce the risks of both driveline damage and driveline infections: both of which may lead to pump exchange operations and lengthy hospitalization and recuperation. Unlike many of our competitors, Medi-Materials.com is comprised of a team of both Advanced Heart Failure clinicians with decades of experience with mechanical assist devices and actual LVAD recipients like you, who understand the day-to-day concerns and fears LVADers live with, everyday. We invite to gain your FREEDOM!
The driveline and LVAD equipment is carried comfortably next to the body under the clothing. The driveline is never exposed while wearing the Undervest properly, so there is a much reduced likelihood for snagging or other types of damage to occur to it. When worn properly, the dedicated pockets securely hold the controller and batteries. The larger Kangaroo pouch that houses the pockets will catch the equipment even if in the unlikely event that it inadvertently falls out of the pocket.
Yes! For the HeartMate II and III LVADS, leaving the system controller in its pocket, switch from your batteries to your patient cable as you do normally, while wearing the Undervest. There are gaps in the Velcro fastener on both sides of the Kangaroo pouch where the cable can easily be passed through, depending upon which side you sleep on. Fasten the Undervest closed and enjoy your rest without the VAD bag.For Heartware LVADS, leave both the controller and one of your batteries in their designated pocket (or anywhere in the larger Kangaroo pouch that is comfortable). Replace and remove the other battery with the charging cable as you would normally do. Pass the charging cable through either of the gaps in the Velcro fastener and rest easier.
We offer the Undervest in four sizes: small, medium, large and , X-large. Because the stretch characteristics of the Undervest have to be considered, we advise that you purchase the Undervest one full shirt size SMALLER than you normally wear.
Checking your controller or replacing your batteries is easily done by opening up the kangaroo pouch. There are tabs (top and bottom) in the front and on either side, to easily pull the Velcro fastener apart. You can simply look down and check your controller parameters (Heartware) or lift it out of its pocket to view the LED screen (HeartMate II and III). To replace the batteries, unfasten the Velcro on the side where the battery rests, lift it out and switch it as usual, then place the new battery in to the side pocket. Refasten the Velcro by lining up the top and bottom tabs on the front and on each side of the Undervest, for a neat closure.
Not yet. Though the fabric is available in other colors, black is the only other color most customers are interested in. The price for this fabric in black is almost double! We are committed to keeping the Undervest affordable. Being an undergarment, you will need to have more than one, so we want to keep the cost of the Undervest low. We are negotiating with the supplier for better pricing.
“While much is known about driveline infections, little has been published on their “natural” history. We sought to describe DLIs over time in our patients with continuous flow (Heart Mate II) VADs including the onset, risk factors, organisms involved, association with invasive infections and outcomes.”
“Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are increasingly utilized in the management of advanced heart failure.A transcutaneous driveline is necessary to power the LVAD, and although this technology has improved over the years in terms of smaller size and increased durability, driveline complications continue to develop in up to 20% of all devices implanted. Driveline infections are associated with signifcant morbidity and mortality.”
“Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized the treatment of advanced heart failure, but infection remains a substantial risk. LVAD driveline infections (DLIs) are the most common type of LVAD-associated infection (LVADI).”