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Heelift® Articles


Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Controlling the Cost of Heel Pressure Ulcers (36 KB PDF)
Denis B. Drennan MD
In this article, Dr. Denis B. Drennan, DM Systems founder, establishes a formula for figuring a facility's heel pressure ulcer costs. Dr. Drennan also makes the case that investing in heel pressure ulcer prevention is more economical than treating heel pressure ulcers.


Denis B. Drennan MD
In this article, Dr. Denis B Drennan, founder of DM Systems, Inc., notes that an investment in effective heel offloading devices is a reliable way to help prevent painful and expensive heel pressure ulcers.


Practice Recommendations for Preventing Heel Pressure Ulcers (576 KB PDF)
Evonne Fowler, RN,CNS, CWOCN; Suzy Scott-Williams, MSN, RN, CWOCN; and
James B. McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, CWS, FAPWC

October 2008
This detailed article by Evonne Fowler, et. al., details why pressure relief or offloading is the most significant key to preventing heel pressure ulcers, including the difference between heel protectors versus heel offloading devices. The article also analyzes the "total patient" approach to preventing heel ulcers.


Essential Insights On Treating Diabetic Heel Ulcers
By Desmond Bell, DPM, Podiatry Today, March 2010
Diabetic heel ulcers pose particular challenges in the way of treatment because so many factors can impact the patient and the patient's healing process. With those challenges in mind, this article details wound bed preparation, key considerations like offloading, and how peripheral arterial disease may affect a patient's ability to heal.


Diabetic Skin Care
September 2008
This article includes the epidemiology and pathogenesis of diabetes in addition to how to care for diabetic skin and how to prevent diabetic foot and heel ulcers.


Heelift Clinical Posters & Research


Studies Correlating Microclimate to the Materials and Design of Heel Offloading Boots (1.2 MB PDF)
Evan Call, MS, CSM • Denis B. Drennan, MD • Don Moorehead

This study used the North Carolina State University sweating foot manikin system to determine how different styles of heel offloading boots performed in terms of heat and water retention. Visit our white paper page to download the white paper titled, “Why Open Cell Foam is the Best Material for a Heel Offloading Boot” to learn more about the results of that study as it relates to pressure ulcer prevention.


Simulation and Discussion of the Microclimate in Heel Protector Boots (788 KB PDF)
Evan Call, MS, CSM • Craig Oberg, PhD • Brian Bill, BS Microbiology • Chad Mclean: Weber State University

This purpose of this poster is to determine how effectively Heelift® Glide and Heelift® Suspension boots help create a cooler, drier microclimate for improved pressure ulcer prevention. Two different third-party research groups tested these boots.


Preventing Diabetic Heel Ulcers (1.5 MB PDF)

Sandra Dudziak, BScN, MS, NP, Revera LTC, Lisa McEwan, RN, Revera LTC, Grace Campo, DOC, Kennedy Lodge, Revera LTC, Evangeline Dara Uy, ADOC/WCC, Kennedy Lodge, Revera LTC

The first published (CAWC, '14) clinical trial of its kind ever done in long term care. 30 residents across several homes were targeted with new standardized assessment tools as being at high risk for pressure injury. Heelift® boots were introduced as a prevention intervention. In 6 months, no diabetic heel/foot ulcers developed and improvements of existing ulcers were observed.


Heel Pressure Ulcers: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment (1.5 MB PDF)
Denis B. Drennan, MD and Joseph W. Drennan, MIB
This poster offers an overview of the epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and costs of heel pressure ulcers.


Heelift® Suspension Boot Performance Evaluation (24 KB PDF)
DM Systems, Inc.
This document summarizes years of Heelift® Suspension Boot evaluations from wound care professionals who carefully trialed the product.


The Keys To Heel Pressure Ulcer Prevention (388 KB PDF)
DM Systems surveyed wound care professionals at several different trade shows and conferences. Most notably, the respondents preferred heel offloading devices 6-1 over pillows.


Pressure ulcer treatment. Health care protocol.
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI). Pressure ulcer treatment. Health care protocol. Bloomington (MN): Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); 2008 Jan. 28 p. [36 references]
Heel Pressure Ulcer Guidelines for treatment from the National Guideline Clearinghouse, the US Department of Health & Human Services, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The emphasis in these guidelines is on education for patients, caregivers, and family members because education is a key component of prevention. Significantly, the guidelines also focus on the importance of pressure ulcer prevention plans and protocols.


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