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.
The battery with the longer wire fits in the left pocket of the vest. A flap with hook and loop (Velcro) secures the battery in the pocket. The battery with the shorter wire is likewise secured in the right pocket. The controller pocket is on the right front panel. It opens to the right with a flap to securely close the pocket. There is a space for the right side battery lead coming from the top right side of the pocket and a space for the percutaneous lead and left battery lead from the bottom right side of the pocket.
The vest can be made for either left or right side driveline and also with a horizontal or vertical pocket to accommodate different models.
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 long battery cord and under the perc-line, and Velcro on the inside left front panel to keep the long battery cord from hanging down.
Since our first vests were made, many other LVAD patients have enjoyed the freedom and comfort the vest offers. Let us help you, too!
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