Each fabric was tested for anti-bacterial properties using two bacteria that mimic those most commonly found in surgical site infections. THEYA Healthcare’s bamboo mix fabric demonstrated an antimicrobial effect of between 93% and 97% against the bacteria, whereas 100% cotton demonstrated zero antimicrobial effect.
THEYA Healthcare’s bamboo mix fabric exhibited 59% greater absorbency and 19% faster horizontal wicking than 100% cotton. This means it offers greater comfort, especially in the context of breast cancer treatment where patients may be experiencing hot flushes from chemotherapy or endocrine therapy or may have hot, inflamed, irritated or broken skin secondary to radiotherapy treatment.
The results of the clinical trial with patients from four Dublin teaching hospitals showed that choice of lingerie has a significant impact on patients in the aftermath of surgery, particularly in the areas of Body Image, Quality of Life and Pain.
Patients who wore the THEYA Healthcare range showed an improvement of 8.5% in their Body Image, compared to a 9.5% deterioration in Body Image expressed by those wearing competing brands.
Concerning Quality of Life, respondents given the THEYA Healthcare range reported a 20% improvement in their health status over the period of the study. But those wearing other brands reported only an 8% increase in health status. Participants wearing THEYA Healthcare bras revealed a reduction in levels of irritation, wound discomfort and pain, whereas participants wearing other brands reported discomfort and increased pain levels chiefly in the region of their scar.