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Studies & Trials

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

H. Joanna Jiang, PhD., C. Allison Russo, M.P.H., Marguerite L. Barrett, M.S.
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.