Contrasang, LLC

Contrasang, LLC is motivated and driven towards creating and manufacturing medical and patient comfort devices that physicians and nurses have dreamed of, but never had the time or resources to build.  

Rachel's Brace is a revolutionary Patient Comfort Device designed for post femoral artery insertion procedures.  

Post procedure, the hours of immobility both before and after sheath removal are well-recognized sources of morbidity and mortality due to the risk of hematoma, retroperitoneal hemorrhage, pseudoaneurysm, arteriovenous fistula, arterial occlusion, femoral neuropathy, and infection.  The principal and mandatory measures used to reduce these risks, both before and after sheath removal, are intermittent and/or constant pressure applied by a nurse or other health care provider at or near the femoral puncture site and patient immobility, while in a flat supine position.  According to health care providers the single biggest impediment in avoiding or reducing these risks is patient movement during these critical time periods.  According to patients it is nearly impossible to remain motionless for 6-8 hours as required due to discomfort and pain ranging from mild to excruciating.

The device is designed to address multiple concerns.  The leg trough will automatically and immediately stabilize the leg and promote immobility.  The trough is not a restraint and is not attached or affixed to the patient’s bed.  Rather, the trough, given its semi-rigid design will prevent leg bending and leg crossing, and, be a constant reminder to the patient not to move and remain in the supine position.  The lumbosacral flange or back plate has a movable lumbar support bar which can be adjusted for individual patient body shape thus giving support to the lower back.  The trough, lumbosacral flange and foam-covered base will also alleviate pressure points and provide support and comfort to avoid or reduce discomfort and pain thus allowing the patient to comply fully with post-procedure immobility orders to avoid complications.  Further, a pressure device can be affixed to the trough to apply more constant pressure at or near the puncture site than can be accomplished by intermittent health care provider bedside visits.

The setting is in the operating room but post procedure.  The patient is about to be moved from the procedure table to the recovery gurney.  (Patient remains on the recovery gurney until released from recovery.  This is a major casue of patient discomfort potentially leading to all the problems).


Notice “Rachel’s Brace” on the gurney.  Also notice the lumbosacral support bar on the flanged back plate or flat part of the brace.  Note that there will be a 1” foam cover over the flanged back plate of flat part, and a 4” wide strip of foam down the leg portion, (foam not shown).


The patient is moved from the procedure table to the recovery gurney and is placed in a position to take advantage of the lumbosacral support bar.  (The bar is adjustable in position to fit the specific patient). 


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