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Heelift® Related Studies and Trials


An RCT to determine the effect of a heel elevation device in pressure ulcer prevention post-hip fracture (814 KB PDF)
J. Donnelly, PhD., BSc (Hons) Health Studies, MCGI, RGN, ONC
A study (J. Donnelly, PhD., BSc (Hons) Health Studies, MCGI, RGN, ONC) published in the Journal of Wound Care (Vol 20, NO 7, July 2011) sets out to compare the differences between complete offloading and “standard care” in the prevention of heel pressure ulcers in post-hip fracture patients. The randomized control trial (RCT) was conducted in the fracture trauma unit of a major tertiary referral center in Belfast, Ireland.


Amputation versus Conservative Treatment of a Stage IV Pressure Ulcer (356 KB PDF)
Nicole L. Sender RN, DNS, University Place Care Center, Tacoma, WA and Linda Manning PT, CWS, Physiotherapy Associates, Lakewood, WA
The purpose of this study was to see if amputation could be prevented by using more conservative treatment methods. A multi-disciplinary team used several tools, including Heelift® Suspension Boot, to help prevent amputation of limbs injured by pressure ulcers.


Proactive Assessment and Management of At-Risk Patients Reduces Pressure Ulcers and
Saves $11 Million Annually in Two-Hospital System

Joan McInerney, RN-BC, MSN, CWOCN
NOTE: Reference on this Web site to any specific commercial products, process, service, manufacturer, company, or trademark does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government, HHS, or AHRQ.

Over a 5-year period, the NCH Healthcare System implemented a pressure ulcer protocol that included risk assessment, patient monitoring, consultations for high-risk patients, and the use of Heelift® Suspension Boot to help prevent heel pressure ulcers. The two-hospital system reduced heel pressure ulcers significantly and saved $11 million annually.


A Comparison Between the Use of Intravenous Bags and the Heelift Suspension Boot
to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
(74 KB PDF)
Isabel Bales, RN/BSN/CWOCN
This experimental study compared the effectiveness of an intravenous bag with the Heelift® Suspension Boot in preventing heel pressure ulcers. The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of intravenous bags in the prevention of heel ulcers.


Heelift® Boots Plus Computers Save Heels (36 KB PDF)
Joan A. McInerney, MSN, RN, BC, CWOCN and Sandra K. Wheeler, BSN, RN, CWOCN
NCH Healthcare System, Naples, FL

This post illustrates the reduction of heel pressure ulcer prevalence at the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida. The two-hospital system created a multi-disciplinary team that focused on assessment, consultation, and heel pressure ulcer prevention. Use of Heelift® Suspension Boot was a key part of the new pressure ulcer protocol.




Preventing Heel Ulcers in Hip Fracture Patients (104 KB PDF)
by Theda Bordner, MSN, RN
Hip fracture patients are particularly vulnerable to sacral and heel pressure ulcers because of a lack of mobility. In this study, hip fracture patients who were given Heelift® Suspension Boot to offload the heel did not develop any heel pressure ulcers.


Independent Research Offers Insight on Heel Pressure Ulcer Prevalence, Prevention, and Treatment
This study, made available by DM Systems, Inc., compares trending in heel pressure ulcer prevalence in 2004 versus 2007. The study also examines how nurses adapted treatment and prevention protocols over the three-year period.


Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program: A Journey (639 KB PDF)
September/October 2011
Barbara Delmore, Sarah Lebovits, Philip Baldock, Barbara Suggs, and Elizabeth Ayello describe their efforts to reduce heel pressure ulcers in their facility, which resulted in a decrease in heel pressure ulcer prevalence from 7.3% to 1.3% in 3 years.


Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006 (142 KB PDF)
H. Joanna Jiang, PhD., C. Allison Russo, M.P.H., and Marguerite L. Barrett, M.S. April 2009.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) H•Cup project (Healthcare Cost and Utilization) published a study in 2009 indicating that one out of every $10 hospitals spent in 2006 was spent on a preventable condition. The study notes that better ambulatory care, improved access to effective treatment, and more cooperation on the part of patients could have improved these statistics. The article emphasizes the importance of prevention especially in contrast to the costs of treatment.


Heel Pressure Mapping Study
This PDF compares pressure on the heel in a supine patient who wore a variety of offloading devices, including Heelift® Suspension Boot.

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