Heels are especially vulnerable to pressure injuries due to the relative small surface area, thinness of the underlying tissue, and the proximity of the angular calcaneus (heel bone) to the skin surface.
Offloading the heel effectively reduces pressure to zero - heel sits over the ‘float zone’
Offers protection for the Achilles tendon
Reduces the impact of pressure, friction and shear
For use in bed or with feet elevated into horizontal position, easily secured with strap provided
Nonblanching, unbroken skin that may appear red or violet.
Skin breakdown as far as the dermis.
Skin breakdown into the subcutaneous tissue
Penetrates muscle, tendon and bone.
Research shows between 80% and 95% are avoidable
17% of heel pressure ulcers may additionally involve the Achilles tendon
Studies in offloading with inflatable device have shown a reduction in incidence rates of heel pressure ulcer formation from 6% to zero4 and 17% to zero5
4. Evans J. British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol 14 No 6, Wound Care June 2009
5. A.MacFarlane, S.Sayer. Poster presented at the 7th EPUAP Open Meeting. 2005
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