HCA Healthcare has been granted a patent for a wrist brace with a unique lacing configuration that provides consistent compression to the forearm, wrist, and hand. The brace includes specific components like dorsal and palmar lace-redirection mechanisms for effective support. GlobalData’s report on HCA Healthcare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Wrist brace with advantageous lacing configuration for compression

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: HCA Healthcare Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11883316B2) discloses a novel wrist brace design aimed at providing support and stability to the wrist and forearm. The brace comprises a U-shaped support sleeve with dorsal, radius, and palmar sections, along with an ulnar panel connecting the dorsal and palmar sections to form a closed sleeve. The brace features lace-redirection mechanisms at the dorsal and palmar sections, a lacing closure tab, and a lace threaded through these mechanisms for secure fastening. Additionally, the brace includes a thumb-tensioning strap for added support and adjustability.

Furthermore, the patent details the positioning of eyelets for lace redirection along the dorsal and palmar sections, as well as the closure-tab eyelets on the lacing closure tab. The brace also incorporates stiffening stays for structural support and a lacing channel on the ulnar panel for lace threading. The design aims to provide consistent compression akin to a cast by pulling the closure tab and wrapping the lace around the sleeve. The lace threading pattern is meticulously described, ensuring proper alignment and secure fastening for effective wrist support. Overall, the patented wrist brace offers a comprehensive solution for wrist and forearm support with a focus on adjustability, stability, and comfort for the user.

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