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S-ICD Shield and Shirt

Comfortable protection for men and women

The Vital Beat objective is to offer the best possible impact protection solution to S-ICD recipients who want to feel protected during the 6-8 week recovery period after the operation. The Shield will also provide optimum device protection, when performing daily activities or when practicing sports.

Our S-ICD impact protection solution consists of two custom-made S-ICD shirts and a Shield, which represents the best available impact protection. The Vital Beat patented custom products will provide the patient with a higher level of self-confidence, increased mobility, flexibility, and improved overall well-being. Vital Beat’s S-ICD impact protection product is a World first.

 

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The S-ICD Shield

Vital Beat uses D3O® smart material based on unique patented technologies to make impact sensitive, soft, flexible materials with high shock absorbing properties. In its raw form the material’s molecules flow freely, allowing it to be soft and flexible, but on impact, lock together to dissipate impact energy and reduce transmitted force. The Shield product tests demonstrate that the D3O® smart material is capable of withstanding direct hits by absorbing and distributing energy and minimizing pain. The Shield is CE certified and meets the ISO 9001 quality requirements.

 

 

S-ICD Shirts are custom-made

Vital Beat considers impact protection of the S-ICD device of high importance and we have therefore adopted a personal approach to measuring the exact physical location of the S-ICD. Cardiologists always place the S-ICD device in the same area: the mid-axillary line between the 5th and 6th intercostal spaces, see image.

 

We have experienced, however that there may be slight implant location deviations, depending on body build, size and gender of the S-ICD carrier. Vital Beat therefore uses a shirt fitting and shirt pocket placement procedure that will result in a personalized snug fit shirt and pocket with Shield to cover carefully the S-ICD device. See Fitting Instructions.

The S-ICD Shirt

The two S-ICD shirts are the carrier of the Shield. On the left-hand side of the shirt is an inside pouch to insert the protection shield. The S-ICD shirt is made of a high quality fabric that breathes easily, it is ultra-thin, lightweight and only available in color white. The Shirt can easily be worn under a dress, shirt or sports shirt and will be available in multiple sizes. Shirts are also available for children and young adults.

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The Shirt can easily be worn under a dress, shirt or sports shirt and will be available in multiple sizes.

The recipients who bought our pacemaker and defibrillator protection solutions cited the following advantages:

  • Personalized and tailor-made protection  
  • Increased sense of security  
  • Improved level of comfort  
  • Increased self-confidence  
  • The ability to move freely  
  • Participate again in sports activities 
  • Improved physical fitness 
  • Reduction of anxiety and fear 
  • Less discomfort when wearing the car seat belt.

Custom placed shield pocket

To ensure a properly placed S-ICD shield we have to custom place the shield’s pocket for each individual person.

Please look at the “S-ICD Information” page. There we will explain everything that comes to ordering and using your personal S-ICD protection shirt and shield.

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Everything you need to know about the product

In daily life

  • A well-meant pat on the shoulder or a blow to your chest.
  • An accidental elbow or shoulder bump on your device implant area, while e.g. standing in line in a crowd.

Sports and leisure

  • Playing football, tennis, hockey, golf, rugby and e.g. when walking, bowling or other activities in which one wants to feel protected.

At work

  • For all activities that require a lot of physical interactions: construction work, factory work, warehouse, and the like.

impact_techD3O® offers the Vital Beat Shields the best of both worlds, soft and comfortable on the body during normal daily activities, while offering instantly and automatically an almost armored protection where needed – at the time of sudden impact.

CE – European certificate
All Shield products are CE certified.

ISO – ISO 9001 Quality
ISO 9001: 2008 certification for product quality and is applicable to the pacemaker / ICD, S-ICD, DBS and VNS Shields.

EN1621
Shield tests comply with European directives EN1621 level 1 and level 2.

Patent
D3O® is a worldwide patented technology.

Learn more about the technology behind our S-ICD Shield

Fitting Instructions

The S-ICD shirt fitting instructions consist of two phases:

Phase I: The shirt fitting and shirt pocket placement procedure

Step 1. We will send you a trial shirt in your size.

Step 2. Put on the shirt and ensure that the shirt fits well.

Step 3. Lift your left arm, see image below (but not higher):

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4. Have your partner or a family member use the Vital Beat provided marker to draw a line exactly around the contours or the edges of your skin-deep S-ICD device on the S-ICD shirt you are wearing. The marking on the shirt must show the exact physical location of the S-ICD device. Note. We use a washout marker.

Step 5. Send back the marked shirt and the marker to Vital Beat.

Step 6. Our tailors will then design the pocket for placement on your S-ICD compression shirts.

Step 7. The custom-made pockets ensure that the Shield covers exactly the S-ICD device and its implant area.

 

Phase II: When you have received the two personalized

It is important that you execute the following 3 steps in exact same sequence.

 Step 1. Put on the S-ICD shirt and make sure that it is a snug skin fit.

Step 2. Take off the shirt and insert the Shield in the inside pocket on the left-hand side of the S-ICD shirt with the Shield airwave openings for improved airflow towards the outside.

Step 3. Make sure the Shield is inserted well into the inside pocket shape. Put on the shirt again. Move your hand a few times over the Shield to make sure it is lying flat against your S-ICD device.

Washing instructions

S-ICD Shirt: Wash with cold or max 30C/90F water. Do not use bleach or a wash water softener. Hang to dry.

Shield: The Shield is wipe-clean only, using a damp cloth. NEVER use cleaners or detergents on or launder your Shields. This may result in irreparable damage and will reduce the effectiveness of your Shield. Do NOT use hair dryers or other heaters to dry the Shield.

Storage Shield: The Shield should be stored at room temperature, in a ventilated dry place, out of direct sunlight. Do not store under heavy objects or in extreme temperatures. If wet after use, ensure your Shield is dry before storing.

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