PRINCETON, NJ--The Marsupial Pouch, designed to help women cope with temporary surgical drains following breast surgery, is being distributed nationwide by Derma Sciences Inc. Designed by a two-time breast cancer survivor, the product is an adjustable terry cloth belt with an attachable pouch to house the drainage tubes.
The pouch provides an alternative to using pins or tape to attach the surgical drains to undergarments. Women wear the pouch under their clothes, freeing their hands to perform daily living tasks. "Without the Marsupial Pouch, you are forced to hold the tube in one hand, making it extremely difficult to shower or perform any task of daily living," said the developer Nancy Turner.