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Date: December, 2007

 

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OFFERS INSIGHT ON HEEL PRESSURE ULCER PREVALENCE, PREVENTION, AND TREATMENT

 

Evanston, IL...DM Systems, Inc., makes available a synopsis of an independent research project regarding heel pressure ulcers and heel pressure relief devices.

 

Recently completed, the research involved surveying wound care nurses who encounter heel pressure ulcers on a regular basis. The purpose of the study was to explore trending in heel pressure ulcer prevalence as well as to determine what types of heel pressure relief devices wound care nurses prefer. The study began with an initial survey in 2004.

 

The results indicate that:

• Pressure relief boots and pillows are preferred
  over pressure relief mattresses and heel
  protectors by a wide margin.

• There is a direct correlation between working with a formal pressure ulcer protocol and choice of
  pressure relief device. Nurses whose workplace supports a formal protocol preferred boots over
  pillows a majority of the time.

• Many nurses indicated that they believe pressure relief boots are the best pressure relief devices
  for heel ulcer prevention and treatment. Of the nurses who stated that they believe pillows are
  preferable over pressure relief boots, only 15% indicated that pillows out-perform boots in pressure
  relief prevention and treatment.

In addition to these results, the survey found that concern about heel pressure ulcers has increased in most facilities over the last three years. Correspondingly, most respondents indicated that pressure ulcer prevalence where they worked was not extremely high.

 
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