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
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