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SUPPORTED: The development of an abdominal support binder for the management of ascites

Project: Research


Ascites is the build-up of large volumes of fluid in the peritoneal cavity which is usually drained at around 5 litres. If an indwelling catheter isn’t possible then living with large volumes of fluid which are intermittently drained, is uncomfortable. A support garment was tested with patients with ascites which increased abdominal pressure by 4cm/H2O (Tubigrip). The patients found the garment improved discomfort and provided support to their large distended abdomens. However, the garment was too warm and also ‘rode up’ making it difficult to wear especially in warmer weather.
To develop a support garment for use with people with gross ascites to offer them support and improve their discomfort.
Five prototypes for a support garment using a range of materials to offer abdominal support were developed with the company Jobskin. The garments were made using guidance from previous research and feedback from ongoing comfort tests. The ongoing study with 8 participants with ascites (alcohol related liver disease and malignancy) will assess wear-ability and support requirements including an assessment of comfort, ease of putting on/off, mobility and acceptability. The garment, shaped like cycling shorts, can be made in a range of sizes and colours.
Effective start/end date8/07/13 → …