Comparative effectiveness of heel-specific medical devices for the prevention of heel pressure ulcers: A systematic review

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Greenwood C, Nelson EA, Nixon J, Vargas-Palacios A, McGinnis E

  • Pressure ulcers (PU) develop & heal differently to the heel compared to other body sites
  • This paper reviews the effectiveness of all heel specific devices for the prevention of heel PUs
  • Off-loading devices may reduce HPU incidence, but low-quality evidence reduces certainty
  • Insufficient evidence of effectiveness for dressings or devices that reduce pressure at the heel
  • Further good quality research is required

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