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EZ-CLEAN RECOVERY HEART PILLOWS

SPECIAL FEATURE

DEVELOPED FOR CLINICAL USE

TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK AND

INCREASE PATIENT SAFETY

As a long tradition of medical practice, cardiac patients and many other chests and esophageal surgical patients are given heart-shaped pillows to help them in their recovery after surgery. The heart pillows are hugged by the surgical patients to splint the incision site and stabilize the sternal area. The heart pillows can also reduce the pain when surgical patients conduct coughing exercises to clean their lungs that can help avoid pneumonia and other post-op complications.

The traditional heart pillows are very weak when it comes to infection control and prevention since the fabric surface and fiberfill stuffing allows germs to breed and are hard for anyone to clean. That was why Baystate Health Heart & Vascular came to us in 2016 to upgrade the pillow addressing their growing concern on infection risk. Their clinical experience guided our development in every step and shaped an innovative EZ-Clean Recovery Heart Pillows which now are used in many major hospitals including UCI, HSHS, and UP Health. Read the Pillow Development Stories.

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Traditional Pillows: Infection-Prone Design

  • Surface: fabric, uneven, porous

  • Germs are easy to hide and breed, hard to remove.

  • Germs can break in and reside inside.

  • The one-bulky piece is hard to wash.

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EZ-Clean Pillows: Infection Control Design

  • Cover: vinyl, smooth, waterproof

  • The germ cannot hide. You can wipe it off with a piece of cloth.

  • The germ cannot penetrate through.

  • It is easy to wash and dry the removable cover.

Our EZ-Clean Pillows Were Developed to Address Hospital's Growing Concerns: Infection Risk!

1-Minute Intro Video: Our EZ-Clean Pillows

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Waterproof

The outer cover made of specialty vinyl prevents blood, mucus, drinks or any other liquids from seeping into the inner pillow.

Wipeable

To remove the mess on the cover, simply wipe the surface onsite with a piece of cloth and spray disinfectant. The pillow is then safe to reuse immediately.

Washable

To perform a complete sanitation, remove the cover, and wash it by machine or hand. Dry it in a low heat setting or hang it to dry. 

Innovative EZ-Clean™ Sanitary Solution

The concern and request from the partner hospital guided us the entire time and helped us to set Patient Safety as the # 1 Goal. We decided to achieve our goal by innovating at every opportunity. We developed much know-how including the EZ-Clean™ Sanitary Solution, which is patent pending. While you can read the Product Development Stories for the full details, for now, check out the highlight below.

1. Our Goals of  the EZ-Clean™ Sanitary Solution

  • It must be easy to keep the pillow dry.

  • It must be easy to remove the mess from the pillow.

  • It must be easy to wash the pillow.

 

2. EZ-Clean™ Solution Starts with an Innovative Design.

  • Each EZ-Clean™ Heart Pillow has an inner pillow and outer cover.

  • The outer cover wraps the inner pillow, removable from each other.

  • The inner pillow is filled with premium microbeads that are free to move inside.

  • The outer cover is made of specialty reinforced vinyl. It is waterproof, smooth-surfaced, washable, dryable, wipeable, and durable,

3. It Protects from Vomit, Blood, Drinks, and Other Liquids. Removal is a Breeze.

  • In a patient room, a weak patient, particularly in the early recovery stages following a vital operation, cannot sufficiently control their bodily fluids such as, vomits, mucus even bloods, as regular people. It’s easy to imagine a mess happening at any time. 

  • Fortunately, the mess, drinks, or other liquids won’t be able to penetrate our pillow’s waterproof vinyl and won’t leak inside. The inner pillow won’t get wet or messed and no virus can penetrate the outer cover. It is effortless and costs nothing to keep our inner pillow dry.  What if this happens to a porous cloth pillow? The mess and liquid are sure to seep inside or run between the stitches before anyone can react. Outside germs are likely to breed on the surface and inside the fiberfill which can be dangerous for any patient, particularly for those who have a weak or compromised immune system.

  • When the mess, grime, or other liquids get on our waterproof outer cover, they will stay outside, giving the caregiver more time to react. To clean the mess on the smooth vinyl surface, anyone can wipe it with a piece of cloth or tissue and then spray the surface with a hospital-grade disinfectant on site. Then the vinyl-covered pillows can be reused safely. The service is not interrupted and a back-up pillow is not needed. Is our pillow EZ-Clean?

  • How to handle a messy cloth pillow? It is definitely unsafe to let the patient continue using a messy pillow. Should you try to wipe the mess off of the cloth pillow? Unfortunately, you cannot wipe the mess that has already leaked inside. You can’t even wipe the mess that has soaked into the threads or sunken between the weaves. It is a bad idea to put the messy cloth pillow aside and let it dry by itself for later reuse because germs can breed inside the pillow very quickly.  The cloth pillows must be replaced. A patient needs a couple or several back-up pillows.

4. Washing and Drying Is Easy and Friendly

  • All cloth-surface pillows on the market are designed as bulky one-piece pillows. A regular washing machine can handle 2-3 pieces per load. To make it worse, the fiberfill filling gets hardened and stacked by its third wash. A stacked pillow loses its support function which is why the pillow users including many hospitals and other medical centers are struggling to decide whether they should wash or trash the messy pillows. 

  • Good news! Our EZ-Clean™ Heart Pillow offers an easy, economical, and effective solution. Our pillow’s outer cover is removable which means that instead of washing the bulky pillow, you can remove the outer covers and wash the cover by hand or with a machine. You can dry it on a low heat setting or hang dry it quickly.

  • Our vinyl cover is very durable and can withstand any hospital-graded washing detergents. The covers can stay intact through at least 15 wash cycles while competitive cloth pillows get stacked by their 3rd wash, as discussed above. The print and writing on our vinyl cover won’t be destroyed in the washing and drying process while the ink on the cloth pillows gets faded very quickly.

 

The EZ-Clean™ Sanitary Solution makes our heart pillows easy to clean, a feature that is totally unmatched by any heart ough pillows on the market. The EZ-Clean™ Sanitary Solution helps the pillow users reduce infection risk in an easy, economical, and effective manner. Compared to a traditional cloth-surfaced pillow stuffed with fiberfill, and a one-bulky-piece design, our EZ-Clean™ Vinyl Heart Pillows set a high bar for patient safety and infection control that no cloth-surfaced pillow can reach.

 

Extra Measures Taken to Improve Safety

 

1. The Opening System Enhances Patient Safety.

  • An opening system has been added to the outer cover to make the inner pillow and outer cover removable from each other and build a base for the EZ-Clean Sanitary Solution to work.

  • In order to ensure safety, the opening system is designed with extra measures implemented. First, the opening was placed on the back of the cover since normally most of the messes won’t end up on the backside. Second, the opening is zipper controlled and the two zipper ends are sealed with cloth covers. Third, an attractive protective flap that is also made of waterproof vinyl conceals the zippered opening. And the last, the flap is built with the mouth downward so liquid can run over the flap but not into the opening.  All of these measures help to keep the inner pillow dry

  • In addition to enhancing the waterproofing, our opening system design also minimizes access to the zipper and protects everyone. The system makes it impossible for the patients to get injured or infected by the zipper or the protective flap. The opening system also prevents children from reaching inside the inner pillow or its inner-contents.  Without an adult's guide and physical help, children are unable to discover the opening, lift up the tight flap, locate the zipper, unzip it, pull out the inner pillow, and cut the quality fabric surface of the inner pillow.

2. Safety Compliance Tested 

  • Because our main goal when creating the EZ-Clean™ Vinyl Heart Pillow was to reduce the risk of infection and improve patient safety, we were sure to go through every necessary safety compliance test. Our EZ-Clean™ Heart Pillows have no problem standing up to the toughest CPSIA testing which is why we are proud to work with top hospitals and patient gift retailers across the country. 

  • Our EZ-Clean™ Heart Pillows are tested by a third party that is recognized in the USA as having passed all six tests that include mechanical and physical properties, flammability, heavy metals, lead content, and phthalate content.

  • Additional compliance tests conducted include California Proposition 65, and latex content.

  • The test reports can be made available upon request.

Innovative Design and Construction

How to Keep Dry and Clean Mess:

Our Pillow vs Competitor's

Washing and Drying:

Our Pillow vs Competitor's

Opening System: A Quick Demo

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