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Gus Gear’s mission to improve the safety and quality of life for those facing medical challenges goes beyond the production of our Central Line Vest, Ostomy Pouch Cover, G-Tube Wrap, Line Cover, and other accessories. We seek partnerships, not transactions, with customers, partners, investors, and stakeholders alike by providing resources and blog posts that can improve the patient and their family’s outcomes and quality of life.

Gift Giving for Medically Complex Kids: 4 Inclusive “Just like Me” Toy Companies

December 17, 2021
Historically, dolls haven’t been very diverse. This is true in regard to race and ethnicity as well as medical differences and conditions. When kids first start to play with dolls or stuffed animals, they often imagine those make-believe beings as extensions of themselves. As they get older, those toys become friends. Kids deserve to have...

3 Tips for a Holiday Season that Supports Enteral/Parenteral Nutrition

November 19, 2021
Having a family member who needs a feeding tube or parenteral nutrition makes you uniquely aware of the way the holidays seem to revolve around food. It can be a stressful and emotional time, especially if the family member is a child who you want to have fond memories of the season. Remember, you’re not...

Sports for Medically Complex Kids: It’s Complicated, But Not Impossible

November 1, 2021
Playing sports provides so many benefits for kids! They get to release all that pent-up energy, build self-confidence, learn about commitment and relationship-building, and of course, have fun! Physical activity can also help improve their cognitive health, social skills, and psychological health.  This is all true for medically complex kids, too, though it may feel...

5 Ways to Deal With Ignorant or Insensitive Comments About Your Medically Complex Child

October 6, 2021
If you are the parent, caregiver, or family member of a medically complex child, you’ve likely dealt with ignorance and insensitivity, sometimes in spades. It’s an unfortunate reality — there will always be people who speak without forethought, understanding, or awareness of the damage they could cause. For some reason, they believe proximity gives them...

The New (and Improved) Central Line Vest: Q&A With Gus Gear Founder, Sarah Palya

July 23, 2021
Earlier this year, as part of an ongoing process of improvement, Gus Gear upgraded the design of its Central Line Vest. While feedback has been positive, founder and CEO Sarah Palya says that change is still hard. For longtime users, the new design may take some getting used to, but they can rest assured knowing...

Lessons from an Unintentional Entrepreneur

May 18, 2021
A decade ago, I was a mom with a very sick child. My son’s health challenges required a product that did not exist, so with the spark of an idea and a sewing machine, I set out to solve the problem. I never imagined that what I created to help my son would grow into...
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