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Medtalk A functional 'unit' used to assess the severity of orthopnea in Pts with CHF, which refers to the number of pillows a Pt needs to sleep comfortably. See Congestive heart failure.
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A postsurgical cushion or support for a body part (e.g., the head, chest, hip, or knee). Therapeutic pillows are used as buttresses or wedges to relieve stress on parts of the body that have been operated on. Chest pillows are used after sternotomy to support the chest wall and limit pain from deep breathing or coughing. Pillows placed under or between the lower extremities are often used to maintain neutral or desired alignment of joints after joint replacement surgeries.

abductor pillow

A pillow or cushioned wedge placed between the legs of a patient to maintain proper positioning and prevent dislocation of the hip joint. It is used in patients with some congenital disorders of the hip, other conditions in which the patient is unduly prone to hip dislocation, and following surgeries (such as total hip replacement).
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Although body pillows and back wedges may not be top of mind for bedding industry players, those in the know say the category is a strong business and one that adds much-needed color and interest to the blinding whiteness of the basic bedding category.
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A line of new pillow shapes -- including euro squares, contour pillows and body pillows -- uses the naturally derived material, which helps to improve sleeping positions and provide natural ventilation.
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Biederlack of America is expanding its newly launched TimLin Hill pillow collection with sizes and constructions customized for specific retailers, and adding bean bags, body pillows and bed rests to match the most popular Nick and Nora bedding lines.
introduced body pillows and comforters in the latest Hawaiian prints and plaids.