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    Underwear that prevents pressure sores?

    So, a friend told me that he heard at a recent SCI conference that there is a new product called Smart-E-Pants -- underwear that somehow monitors against or prevents pressure sores. I've Googled and networked a lot but can't find any info.

    Does anyone know more about this? Thanks.

    #2
    Here is an article about the development of smart underwear that will be tested in four rehab center in Alberta. Very hi-tech.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Ele...881/story.html

    http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...clPK0S6W99V5lQ

    All the best,
    GJ

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      #3
      Thanks, that must be the ones. Since it's clear they're still in R&D with no commercialization on the horizon, I won't hold my breath!

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        #4
        commando is best for sore prevention. another layer just creates more issues. i would think thats worse for women too
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          #5
          I've used the men's version of these: http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...ductId=3208122 , and they are seamless, wick moisture, and expensive.

          Don
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            #6
            Originally posted by Donno View Post
            I've used the men's version of these: http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...ductId=3208122 , and they are seamless, wick moisture, and expensive.
            Don
            Hey Don,
            I have been wearing a "long john" version of a Helle Hansen underwear, that wicks perspiration, is soft and conforming, keeps me warm, and I don't have problems with pressure sores wearing it. I just can't get past the the "eeewwee" factor of going "commando" when I am wearing wool slacks and business suits. Too each his/her own and in his/her situation.

            All the best,
            GJ

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              #7
              The Alberta Medical Heritage Fund received $5,000,000 for that research.

              I guess that's $5,000,000 less for the root of the problem: Nerve Regeneration. Everything's a band-aid solution I swear! (Remember that $12,000,000 was given for spinal cord research back a few years ago ... I'd like to see a break-down of how that was spent!)

              Hope they make socks ... kidding ...
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                #8
                I often wonder if just building some muscle on your butt with estim would help? Or even something as simple as this?

                http://www.walgreens.com/store/catal...826442-product
                ^^(A)^^

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                  #9
                  Despite devices-- still need weight shifts/ pressure releases every 15 minutes based on research to prevent pressure ulcers
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                    #10
                    At least some of us old timers were advised by rehab nurses and others to forget about underwear because some have the potential to wad up and others just create issues for condom caths and other plumbing, as well as dressing. As a good, compliant patient I have followed their advice over the years and it has worked for me. It has been especially practical since I have been using a urostomy pouch. You just have to remember to warn the ER people before they start ripping your pants off. lol
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                      #11
                      Neat idea. At the same time I also find the potential for it to cause problems as people have a tendency to rely too much on technology and not do the manual lifts or skin checks. Technology can and will fail.

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                        #12
                        I wonder how they can make the electrodes and wires soft and padded enough that they won't create pressure in and of themselves.

                        All the best,
                        GJ

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