The Heel Manager™

New!  Heel Offloading Elevator with high-end support features for care of damaged, weakened skin

Effective offloading is essential for the care of the bony prominence in the heel – one of long-term care’s vulnerable tissue sites.   In addition to fully offloading both heels, the Span-America Heel Manager’s gentle slope aids in circulation - key for patients with diabetes, neu­ropathy, and peripheral vascular disease.  The 30 percent larger, tissue-friendly, dual layer design with ultra-high per­formance foam supports the calves with new levels of comfort and stability.


As the second most common pressure ulcer site, heels require special attention and care. Heel ulcers can lead to serious complications, increase healthcare costs and lead to regulatory ramifications (i.e., compliance issues with F-314).

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) directive: “Ensure that the heels are free of the surface of the bed. Heel-protection devices should elevate the heel completely (offload them) in such a way as to distribute the weight of the leg along the calf." 1


There are many products available to protect heels.  None provides the combination of superior design features delivered by Heel Manager:

• Fully offloads heels with skin-friendly design
• Extreme comfort and support for both legs
• Wider – up to 30% more surface area
• Shear Transfer Zone™ cover technology
• Heat and moisture reduction capabilities

 

“Total heel offloading is the only effective method for heel ulcer prevention." 2


“Heel ulcers are the most common facility-acquired pressure ulcer in long-term acute care facilities and second most
common pressure ulcer overall." 3


 

2, 3 “Practice Recommendations for Preventing Heel Pressure Ulcers.”  Evonne Fowler, RN, CNS, CWOCN; Suzy Scott-Williams, MSN, RN, CWOCN, and James B. McGuire, DPM, PT, CPed, DWS, FAPWCA:  Ostomy Wound Management October 2008-54(10):42-57