LYME, CT – Deborah Vezan, founder and president of Limbkeepers, Lyme, Conn, found a simple solution to a difficult problem, and her invention resonated with attendees at last year’s Medtrade. Before and after last month’s Medtrade Spring, she kept the momentum going with a road trip featuring in-person visits to new and long-time clients.
The Limbkeepers product is a non-compression protective knit sleeve that helps protect fragile skin from bumps, bruises, and skin tears. For the Las Vegas show [Medtrade Spring], Vezan decided to show off the product by driving to the Nevada desert, hitting all the big midwest cities on the way out. “And then we drove back,” says Vezan. “And it was incredibly successful for us.”
Vezan crafted the first Limbkeepers prototype for her mother who had suffered a major skin tear. “The skin problem was a nightmare,” she says. “I went to a sock factory with a design that I put on paper. We made prototypes and put them on my mom. When she did not rip them off, we were on to something. She had Alzheimer’s, but she related to the product through its comfort, softness, and warmth.”
After a “very good” experience at Medtrade 2014 in Atlanta last year, Vezan once again displayed her made-in-America products at Medtrade Spring in Las Vegas. Click Here to see Limbkeepers featured on the Innovations TV show hosted by Ed Begley, Jr.
“When my mom passed away two years ago, we were able to spend more time officially launching the company, and now here we are,” adds Vezan (pictured, right). “For the product, we use sport apparel yarns that have inherent wicking features and antimicrobial properties…It is not a compression garment, but it is cozy—one size fits most—it stays up, and it does not pinch. It is a cash/retail product, and there are fun colors.”
HME providers can again see Limbkeepers in person at Medtrade, scheduled for Oct 26-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Registration will officially open on June 22, 2015.