The Bosco LVAD Vest was designed to help my husband manage the external equipment that came with his Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), the HeartMate II by Thoratec Corporation. The weskit style vest (Patent #D647,690) secures the controller and batteries with little strain on the shoulders. It is custom fit to be worn snugly so the nearly eight pounds of equipment has little room for movement. The vest keeps the equipment totally hands free and above the waist for easy bathroom use.
While wearing our vest, the batteries are hidden and the cords are tucked in and out of the way. A flap with hook and loop (Velcro) secures the battery in the pocket. The controller pocket is on the front panel and opens with a flap to securely close the pocket.
The vest can be made for a variety of LVAD models with either left or right side driveline and also with a horizontal or vertical pocket. Please see our "Which Vest Do You Need?" page for more help.
Additional features (not pictured) have been added including a flap below the controller pocket to cover the percutaneous lead, Velcro inside the controller pocket that goes over the battery cord and under the perc-line, and Velcro on the inside of the vest to keep the battery cord(s) from hanging down.
Since our first vests were made, many LVAD patients have enjoyed the freedom and comfort the vest offers. Let us help you, too!
Any health care facility desiring business or rack cards for the Bosco Vest, please
or call Cindy @ 989.274.8862
News – Former Vice President Dick Cheney Discusses his LVAD and Bosco LVAD Vest in an NBC Interview.