Help Protect Your Patients’ Heels From Pressure Injuries with

Prevalon® Heel Protectors

Reduce heel pressure injury risk

Multiple guidelines recommend the use of a heel protection device that completely offloads the heel to help prevent the development of heel pressure injuries.1,2 Prevalon® Heel Protectors are the number one brand of heel protection.3 They offer continuous heel offloading to protect your patients’ heels. START A FREE TRIAL

Choose the optimal heel protector

Experts suggest the optimal heel protector should go beyond offloading the heel. In order to effectively protect the foot and lower limb, a heel protector should prevent foot drop and use an anti-rotation wedge to keep the foot in a neutral position to protect the peroneal nerve.4,5 Prevalon Heel Protectors are available with a contracture strap to help prevent the foot from dropping and an anti-rotation wedge to keep the limb from externally rotating. They also feature a unique dermasuede interior designed to gently grip the limb so it remains fully offloaded, even when the patient moves.

Proven prevention and cost savings

A study published in JWOCN demonstrated a 100% prevention of both heel pressure injuries and plantar flexion contracture over a seven month period when using Prevalon Heel Protectors.6

REFERENCES: 1. FAHRQ, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention. Clinical Practice Guideline No.3. AHCPR Publication No.92-0047. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, US Dept. of Health and Human Services May 1992. 2. National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers: clinical practice guideline. Washington DC National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel; 2009. 3. GHX Trend Report (Dollars), 4th Quarter, 2011 Hospital; Annualized markets based on last 4 quarters data. 4. Lyder C. Never Events: Can The Congressional Mandate Be Met? Poster Presented at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Orlando, FL. December 6-8, 2010. 5. Loehne H. Limited Mobility and the Foot: Plantar Flexion Contractures, Heel and Malleoli Pressure Ulcers, Peroneal Nerve Damage. How Can We Prevent Them? What Happens If We Don’t? Poster presented at the 26th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC); May1-5, 2013. 6. Meyers T, Preventing Heel Pressure Ulcers and Plantar Flexion Contractures in High Risk Sedated Patients. JWOCN 2010 Jul-Aug;37(4):372-8.

Prevalon Heel Protectors

Three Heel Protectors That Effectively Grip the Limb

Prevalon Heel Protector I
Prevalon Heel Protector II
Prevalon Heel Protector III
Prevalon Heel Protector I
• Offloads the heel
Prevalon Heel Protector II
• Offloads the heel
• Reduces plantar flexion contracture risk
Prevalon Heel Protector III
• Offloads the heel
• Reduces plantar flexion contracture risk
• Helps prevent lateral rotation, reducing risk of peroneal nerve damage

Prevalon’s Unique Dermasuede Interior Gently Grips the Foot

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The Prevalon Heel Protector was specifically designed to address the problem of patient movement and its negative effect on heel offloading. Prevalon’s unique dermasuede fabric interior gently grips the limb so it remains fully offloaded, even when the patient is moving.

Our specialized fabric and coating creates maximum grip control with the texture of fine velvet. This soft fabric contours to and cradles the leg, calf, ankle and foot to help prevent them from rotating within the boot or sliding out of the boot—maintaining effective heel offloading.

Dermasuede fabric holds the limb securely in place while preserving patient comfort. It’s also a breathable material, so the limb remains cool while inside the heel protector.

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Professional Guidelines and Recommendations

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Guidelines
“Maintaining alignment [with a pillow] may be difficult if the patient moves. In addition, pillows do not prevent plantar flexion contracture or lateral leg and foot rotation.”1

AHRQ/AHCPR Supported Clinical Practice Guidelines
“Individuals in bed who are completely immobile should have a care plan that includes the use of devices that totally relieve pressure on the heels, most commonly by raising the heels off the bed.”2

NPUAP/EPUAP Prevention Guidelines
“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 without putting pressure on the Achilles tendon.”3

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Standards Recommended Practices and Guidelines
“Use devices that eliminate or redistribute pressure” to prevent
perioperative* heel pressure injuries.4

*Perioperative defined as a pressure-related deep tissue injury under intact skin that presents within the first 5 days following surgical procedures.

REFERENCE: 1. Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Guideline for prevention and management of pressure ulcers. Mount Laurel (NJ): June 2010. 96 p. (WOCN clinical practice guideline; no. 2) 2. FAHRQ, Pressure Ulcuers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention. Clinical Practice Guideline No.3. AHCPR Publication No.92-0047. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, US Dept. of Health and Human Services May 1992. 3.Cuddigan JE, Ayello EA, Black J. Saving heels in critically ill patients. WCET Journal. 2008;28(2):2-8. 4. AORN Standards Recommended Practices & Guidelines 2007. Assoc. Operating Room Nurses.

Proven Results: Prevention and Treatment from the #1 Brand of Heel Protection1

Prevalon brings you more proven clinical studies and financial outcomes than any other brand.
Heel Pressure Injury Reduction

  • A study published in JWOCN found the use of Prevalon and a heel injury prevention protocol led to a 95% decrease in heel pressure injuries.2
  • Another study published in JWOCN demonstrated a 100% prevention of both heel pressure injuries and plantar flexion contracture over a seven month period when using the heel protector device.3
  • In one study, implementation of a heel pressure injury prevention protocol that included Prevalon Heel Protector resulted in a 28% decrease in facility- acquired heel pressure injuries over a one-year period. Continued use of the Prevalon Heel Protector over four years coupled with in-depth education, continuous monitoring of compliance, and continual reporting of outcomes to ensure accountability, resulted in a cumulative 72% decrease in heel pressure injuries.4
REFERENCES: 1. GHX Trend Report (Dollars),4th Quarter, 2011 Hospital; Annualized markets based on last 4 quarters data. 2. Lyman V, Successful Heel Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program in a Long-Term Care Setting. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2009 Nov-Dec;36(6):616-21. 3. Meyers T, Preventing Heel Pressure Ulcers and Plantar Flexion Contractures in High Risk Sedated Patients. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2010 Jul-Aug;37(4):372-8. 4. Hanna-Bull D, Four Years of Heel Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Poster presented at the 19th Annual CAWC Conference; November 7-10, 2013, Vancouver, Canada.

DOWNLOAD ORDERING CATALOG

Prevalon Heel Protector III

with Integrated Wedge
Recommended for patients with calf circumference of:
10in-18in (25cm-46cm)
8 packages/case
Reorder #7355

Available for Patients, Caregivers and Consumers

7355-petite
Prevalon Heel Protector III Petite

with Integrated Wedge
Recommended for patients with a calf circumference of:
6in-10in (15cm-25cm)
8 packages/case
Reorder #7310
2 packages/case
Reorder #7312

Available for Patients, Caregivers and Consumers

7355-xlPrevalon Heel Protector III XL

with Integrated Wedge
Recommended for patients with a calf circumference of:
18in-24in (46cm-61cm)
2 packages/case
Reorder #7382

Available for Patients, Caregivers and Consumers

Prevalon Heel Protector II

Recommended for patients with calf circumference of:
10in-18in (25cm-46cm)
8 packages/case
Reorder #7300

2 packages/case
Reorder #7302

Available for Patients, Caregivers and Consumers

7305Prevalon Heel Protector I

Recommended for patients with calf circumference of:
10in-18in (25cm-46cm)
8 packages/case
Reorder #7305

Available for Patients, Caregivers and Consumers

wedgeFoot and Leg Stabilizer Wedge

For use with reorder #7300 and #7302
10 packages/case
Reorder #7350

 

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What the Experts Say

Preventing & Treating Heel Pressure Ulcers (PDF)

Clinical Support

Prevention of Heel Ulcers and Plantar Flexion Contractures in High-Risk Ventilated Patients (PDF)
Tina Meyers, BSN, RN, CWOCN, ACHRN – Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe TX
Presented at NPUAP’s Biennial Conference, February 27-28, 2009

Four Years of Heel Pressure Ulcer Prevention (PDF)
Debbie Hanna-Bull RN, BScN, MN; Stephen Martin MD FRCS(c); Joan Maclean, OT Reg(Ont)
Presented at the 19th Annual CAWC Conference; November 7-10, 2013, Vancouver, Canada

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Clinical Information