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The first-ever Institutional Review Board-controlled study of CapeAble's therapeutic, medicalgrade weighted blanket showed strong evidence that use of the blanket not only reduced oncology
outpatients' anxiety and pain but also helped them better tolerate their infusions. Photo: CapeAble.

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construction, and are both machine washable
and dryable. "We use minky because of its
durability," Pacheco says, noting appreciation
for its texture and vibrant colors.
"You need alternatives so you're not
carrying a blanket around with you all day,"
she explains. "If you're in an upright position
at your desk and having a stressful day or
are anxious on an airplane, you can wear a
shoulder wrap that reminds your muscles
to relax and it is also aesthetically pleasing."
Their magnetic focus fidgets-hidden
magnets strategically wrapped in minky
fabric-are designed to help the user relax
and be present, whether an executive in a
corporate board meeting or a child struggling
to pay attention in school.
"What's really important is that these
products are easy to use, wear and care for,"
Pacheco says. "Our society is hurting today;
people are overscheduled and overworked
and experiencing anxiety as well as sleep
difficulties. These products are not just for
people with a specific diagnosis-they are truly
for everyone with a central nervous system."
TO YOUR HEALTH
It was also important for Pacheco and Hickok
to make their products available in medical
settings, which required them to incorporate a
medical-grade fabric. Using Herculite's SureChek® Fusion Healthcare fabric, they launched
CapeAbleCare, their second line of products
featuring the first medical-grade, therapeutic
weighted blanket of its kind. To meet hospital
standards, the fabric offers moisture barrier
and antimicrobial protection, and is anti-static,
flame-resistant, stain-resistant, odor-resistant,
hypoallergenic, easy to maintain, comfortable
and resistant to popular disinfectants.
Once their blanket secured a presence in
medical settings, Pacheco and Hickok sought
data supporting its aid-and earlier this year,
they got it. The first-ever Institutional
Review Board (IRB)-controlled study
of this product, conducted by a research
hospital, showed strong evidence that use
of the blanket not only reduced oncology
outpatients' anxiety and pain but also
helped them better tolerate their infusions.
Following the completion of the study, all
participating patients chose to continue
using the blanket during their infusions.


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