The SHOWER SHIRT®
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Many chest surgery procedures, as a result of cancer, require surgical drains, ports, and/or catheters, and patients are routinely instructed not to shower without protecting these areas from water. The reason behind this protocol is that tap water is not sterile and contains pathogens and bacteria. This paraphernalia can create avenues for water borne-bacteria to enter surgery sites, significantly increasing the chance of water-borne infections.
Surgery patients find not being able to shower presents many challenges when it comes to maintaining hygiene and confidence post surgery. The SHOWER SHIRT® is a post-surgical, water resistant garment designed to protect these chest surgery patients. Designed and created by breast cancer survivor Lisa F. Crites, The SHOWER SHIRT was the result of Lisa’s personal struggle trying to shower in trash bags after her bi-lateral mastectomy. Working with a group of physicians, Lisa created The SHOWER SHIRT which enables patients to shower safely while also reducing the risk of infection caused by water-borne illnesses.
The SHOWER SHIRT is the only patented shower shirt garment for surgery patients on the international market, and provides unique features to help ensure safety and comfort. The adjustable turtleneck is lined with microfiber and has a drawstring collar so it suits all sizes. Inside the shirt are Velcro® pockets which help to support drains while showering. The shirt is made from water resistant nylon material and machine washable.
- Post-surgical water resistant garment designed to protect chest surgery patients while you shower.
- Designed by breast cancer survivor, Lisa F. Crites, and a team of surgeons.
- Adjustable neck and waist band ensure the garment is secure on all sizes.
The SHOWER SHIRT® received an International Patient Innovation award from Catolica’ University School of Business & Economics, Lisbon, Portugal
Award Criteria: Create a solution to clinical problems dealt with by patients.
Why do people living with cancer recommend this product?
“I purchased your Shower Shirt because I have a hemo-dialysis catheter for dialysis treatment and an ostomy as well. The product works great for patients like me. I’m able to protect both the catheter as well as the ostomy bag. Thank you for such a brilliant idea.”
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