Question: Can you guess two
common areas where people develop bed sores? Hint—think lower extremities.
Answer: If you guessed ankle and heel—then you are
someone is confined to their bed for days, weeks or months, whether they stay
in a hospital or at home, they are at an increased risk of developing bed
sores—especially on the heel. But you
can minimize the risk by using a pressure relieving device—specifically the
Prevalon Heel Protector.2
features include stretchy panels which make the product easily adjustable so you
get the right fit. Thanks to its open heel and design that elevates the leg,
there’s less surface area that touches the heel. If you’re new to the
Prevalon Heel Protector, keep these tips
in mind so you get the most out of it:
the foot inside the heel protector and pull the sides up so it wraps around the
leg and foot.
- Depending on the model, the product
includes either 2 or 3 closure straps to fasten it shut. Always use both straps—keep
in mind a snug fit keeps the foot and heel in place. But not too snug, avoid
over tightening the straps.
check the device to make sure it still fits snug.
the wedge (If included with your model) on the outside of the ankle, so it keeps
the foot in place and prevents ankle roll or rotation.
underneath the heel protector, you should see the heel through the opening.
of its ambidextrous design, the heel protector can be used on either foot.
Reference: 1. Amlung SR, Miller WL, Bosley LM, Adv Skin Wound Care. Nov/Dec 2001;14(6):297-301. 2. http://qsource.org/toolkits/pressureUlcer/docs/prUPreventionMonitoring/heelPreventionProgram.pdf