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STERNSHILED – Double Action Thoracic Harness

STERNSHIELD Double Action Cardiothoracic Harness Complete Cardiothoracic Protection

STERNSHIELD is a medical harness developed by GCS, to offer complete thoracic protection to all patients (male and female) recovering from a heart operation or thoracic operations involving sternotomy.

After such operations patients face two major challenges:

  1. General instability of the thoracic wall and the sternum
  2. Intense coughing and expectoration (phlegms)

STERNSHIELD thanks to its innovative, patented Double Action design, is able to function both as an elastic and a non-elastic harness providing complete protection against both of these challenges:

  • As an elastic harness: STERNSHIELD offers 24/7 adjustable, elastic support against the general instability of the thoracic wall for the whole post-operation period, guaranteeing a safe, quick and stress free recovery.
  • As a non-elastic harness: STERNSHIELD offers complete immobilization of the sternum and the thorax for enhanced protection during coughing, phlegms and strenuous movements.

Cardiothoracic protection made simple

GCS uses the highest quality textiles (all OEKO-TEX®STANDARD 100 tested) to produce STERNSHIELD, either 100% natural (cotton), when that is possible, otherwise with the highest percentage of natural yarns. Sternshield’s Double Action design (Int. Pat.) offers the highest level of thoracic protection without using plastic or hard components and makes STERNSHIELD the easiest, lightest and most effective solution for every patient recovering from a cardiac or thoracic operation involving a sternotomy.
Available in six UNISEX sizes. (S-XXXL).


  • Complete, 24/7 Double Action protection
  • Can be used immediately after the operation
  • Can be worn by patient alone
  • Functional even when worn underclothes
  • Comfortable and light
  • Easy to wear, use and adjust
  • Natural, skin friendly materials
  • No plastic or hard parts


  • Immediate pain relief
  • Immediate feeling of security and safety
  • Minimisation of post-operational complications, risks (infections, mediastenitis, fractures)
  • Facilitation and acceleration of mobilization process
  • Facilitation of respiration
  • Particularly recommended for high risk patients (obesity, diabetes melitus, osteoporosis, fractured sternum)

STERNSHIELD is endorsed by

  1. University Hospital, Utrecht
  2. University Hospital St. Pierre, Brussels
  3. Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens
  4. University Hospital, Antwerpen
  5. Amphia Hospital, Breda
  6. University Hospita,l Groningen
  7. Henri Dunant Hospital, Athens
  8. OLV Hospital, Aalst
  9. Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden

Sternshield Small

Product Code SSH1S

Size 80-90cm Thorax Perimeter

Sternshield medium

Product Code SSH1M

Size 90-100cm Thorax Perimeter

Sternshield Large

Product Code SSH1L

Size 100-110cm Thorax Perimeter

Sternshield X-Large

Product Code SSH1XL

Size 110-120cm Thorax Perimeter

Sternshield XX-Large

Product Code SSH1XXL

Size 120-130cm Thorax Perimeter

Sternshield XXX-Large

Product Code SSH1XXXL

Size 130+cm Thorax Perimeter

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