Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is a public community college in Essex County, Massachusetts. The college serves residents of the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. It has campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence.
Mohika, a 2006 graduate of NECC’s Radiologic Technology program, who went on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing from UMass Lowell, is the inventor of CathWear, the custom, unisex underwear that resembles boxer briefs with pockets on each thigh to hold catheter bags as well as a catheter channel tract to hold the accompanying medical tubes that will prevent inadvertent pulling. The briefs are washable, reusable, and available in a variety of sizes.
“CathWear restores dignity and privacy during treatment and recovery while improving the quality of life of the patients, who because of various medical conditions and surgical procedures, have to wear leg bags daily to work or school,” said the Bradford resident, who currently works for Home Health VNA. “It removes the unsanitary, Velcro straps that slide down your leg when they become loose or cuts off circulation when they are too tight. It helps avoid embarrassing moments as well as skin irritations and reduces infection.”