Electric Shock Panties to Fight Bedsores Might Sound Strange but They're Life Savers (VIDEO)

When you think about some of the world's greatest inventions, you generally think car or lightbulb or computer. Probably not, say, underwear. Yes, Victoria's Secret panties are a fabulous invention. And so are vibrating ones. But I'm not talking about them. I'm talking about electric shock panties. That sounds like something Christian Grey would enjoy, but it's really very serious. I mean, as serious as underwear can be. You'll never guess what these electric shock panties can do -- but it involves saving tens of thousands of lives each year. Yes, I said underwear! Saving lives!


Each year, tens of thousands of people die from bedsores (or pressure ulcers). And many more suffer from the pain of them. Bedsores happen when a person in a wheelchair or who is bedridden stays in one place too long -- the bedsores usually occur around pressure points near bone, like the elbow or the ankle.

While bedsores are particularly threatening for people like paraplegics, they are common with people who need to stay in one place for various reasons -- like people recovering in the hospital, or the elderly or disabled who are in wheelchairs.

The fact is, a great many of us or our loved ones will one day find ourselves bed- or wheelchair-bound. This new type of underwear, called "Smart-e-Pants" (funnah!), sends a mild electrical jolt to the skin every 10 seconds. The patient can't feel this, but the shock activates a person's nerves and muscles, resulting in the same sort of oxygen flow that happens when people fidget in their chairs. In fact, the reason healthy people who sit at their computers all day long don't have pressure ulcers is because we fidget. Who knew!

The underwear is pretty cute too -- they looks like boxer briefs or biker shorts and cost about $200. So maybe electrode undies aren't the sexiest thing in the world, but unlike Victoria's Secret or La Perla, these skivs are saving lives. And that's hot.

What do you think of this invention?

Image via Alberta Innovates

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