Heel Up Pressure Relief Cushion - Singles

The Heel Up Pressure Relief Cushion is an offloading device designed to elevate the heel and protect it within a pressure free zone. It is acknowledged worldwide that in order to protect a heel from pressure ulcers it should not be subject to friction, shear and pressure. It is also recognised globally that most heel pressure ulcers are preventable.

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Product Description

Single-patient use, machine-washable up to 60 degrees, and can be reused for six to eight weeks, making them a cost-effective solution for the treatment and prevention of pressure ulcers.

Heel Up is a revolutionary pressure relief cushion bootie designed to provide complete heel pressure reduction and prevent heel ulcers. With its adjustable design, the Heel Up heel protector offers a tailored fit for each individual, making it an essential tool in the prevention of pressure sores and foot ulcers.

It is acknowledged worldwide that in order to protect a heel from pressure ulcers it should not be subject to friction, shear and pressure. Heel up delivers proven results in all 3 areas, and is actually world leading in shear reduction. The heel cushion has been developed in collaboration with leading wound care experts and ensures optimum comfort and hygiene in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

Heel Up is a single patient, disposable product with an ergonomic design that provides good stability. The surface layer is made from a soft, flexible, heat and moisture absorbent nonwoven material, making the device a leading light in patient compliance.

Simple to use, the cushion is inflated before use and adjusted to the patient’s anatomy and needs. Inflation can carried out orally, with the use of manual hand pump or in hospital environments via an automatic compressed air pump.


Summary of Features and Benefits:

  • Inflatable Design: Allows for easy adjustment to the individual’s foot size for optimal offloading.
  • Disposable: Ensures infection control as it is intended for single patient use.
  • Comfortable Material: The surface layer is made from a soft, non-woven material that is heat and moisture absorbent.
  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Offloads pressure from the heel, reducing the risk of ulcer development
  • Stability: Provides stability without hindering patient movement and stimulates microcirculation with even the slightest movement
  • Skin-Friendly: Tested and approved for skin irritation and sensitization according to ISO standards


Uses and Indications:

  • Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Ideal for patients at risk of OR currently dealing with heel pressure ulcers.
  • Post-Surgery: Can be used postoperatively to prevent pressure ulcers or pressure in general due to immobility.
  • Bedridden Patients: The pressure relief cushion is suitable for patients who are confined to bed and at risk for heel ulcers.

 

Heel Up Size Guide

Product Name Dimensions 
Heel Up Short 32 x 25 x 18cm
Heel Up Medium 39 x 25 x 18cm
Heel Up Long 48 x 25 x 18cm
Heel Up Max 50 x 30 x 18cm
Heel Up Kids 25 x 15 x 11cm

 

Advantages:

    1. Heel pressure relief cushion for single patient and single use, thereby ensuring optimum hygiene.
    2. Easy to use and comfortable to wear, the surface layer is made from a soft, skin friendly and moisture absorbent, non-woven material
    3. Comes in a space saving hygiene sealed flat pack which includes an oral inflation device and valve patch. Also available in boxes of 12 which are neat and easy to store in small offices or clinical areas.
    4. Tested and approved in accordance with ISO 10993-10 skin irritation and sensitisation.
    5. Available in various sizes to fit all human sizes - kids and adults.
    6. Cost effective and affordable in preventing and treating pressure ulcers.
    7. Reusable and machine washable (60 degress C).


How to Inflate Heel Up

 

Clinical Feedback

Teresa Rocha, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS

“We have been using Heel Up for the past 3 months and successfully reduced acquired pressure damage to zero! It is not only how we managed to prevent pressure acquired damage but also how patients feel about the product. Our patient cohorts are very complex, as they’ve either undergone a lengthy procedure (>15hours surgery) with consequent prolonged stay in critical care, palliative and end-of-life units often presenting lymphorrhea. We also see paediatric and young adults, among others, all requiring a high level of care, prevention and management. The Heel Up has put together in one product, all characteristics we were hoping: patient comfort, absorbent material (avoiding moisture acquired damage) and controlling damage acquired on lymphoedema patients, easy to use, single patient use – approved by Infection Control Team, can be used with Flowtron Therapy, extremely cost-effective, excellent customer service with company who kindly provided training and support to our hospitals. So far we’ve been very happy with the range and are not looking to change to another product any time soon.”

 

Allaina Eden, Physiotherapy Service Lead for Critical Care, Papworth Hospital

“We have used a number of Heel Up within ICU, with the physio and nursing staff all reporting positive feedback. They are easy to use, and our Tissue Viability team are much happier with the surface cover compared with other products. We’ve had no issues with skin integrity when using the Heel Up®. We have tended to use the medium and large sizes finding these the most appropriate for our patients.”

 

Delilah Rooney, Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse, University Hospital Bristol

In August 2018, University Hospital Bristol undertook a trial of the Heel Up offloading boot. We were looking for a cost-effective product that effectively offloaded heels in line with NICE guidance for those patients who are high risk or already have sustained ulceration. “The Heel Up range was well received by the wards that we trialled it on. They are made of soft white material which patients commented was preferable to the non-disposable plastic alternatives. During the trial those patients who used the Heel Up did not develop new pressure damage, and those who had damage present either improved or remained stable. The product was felt to be easy to use, and we were well supported with all our education/resource needs. Overall, we felt this was a clinically acceptable cost effective solution, and we were happy to begin the process of adding it to the equipment we use in our trust.”