Seat belt to protect implanted medical devices
31 August 2006
Los Angeles, USA. Pressure Products has launched the SoftTouch device for
attaching to a seat belt to reduce impact forces over an implantable device
when the wearer is in a vehicle crash.
The SoftTouch device creates a soft barrier between the seat belt, the
implanted medical device, and the soft tissues surrounding it. It also adds
to the comfort of the patient in normal use.
Invented by Scott Haack, MD, an emergency room physician, it has been
proven in crash testing to greatly reduce impact forces over an implantable
device by as much as 34%.
As an added benefit, SoftTouch may be labelled with important information
indicating to emergency medical personnel the existence of an implantable
pacemaker, cardiac defibrillator or implantable chemotherapy port.
"The patented SoftTouch Protection System will now be available in all
world markets for patients with implantable pacemakers, defibrillators and
chemotherapy ports. This patented protection and comfort system has been
proven in crash test studies conducted by the Transportation Research Center
to reduce impact forces to implanted medical devices by as much as 34%. In
addition, the SoftTouch device greatly improves comfort where the seat belt
presses against implantable devices and further alerts Emergency Medical
Personnel of the existence of an implanted medical device in the event of an
automobile accident," stated Bruce N. Goldreyer, MD, Vice President and
Medical Director, Pressure Products, Inc.