Reducing Heel Pressure Injuries

By March 18, 2021Education

At Primo, we prioritize providing solutions for pressure injury management. One of the biggest challenges hospitals face is preventing patients from developing pressure injuries while undergoing inpatient hospital treatments for other medical issues. An increasing reason for readmission is for hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI). 

Primo is a market leader in preventive pressure injury management. Primo designs and manufactures innovative solutions for potential heel and sacral injuries to help prevent HAPIs. 

With many patients at risk, you can reduce heel pressure with the patented elite offloading heel protector in the healthcare market today: PRIMOBoot. PRIMOBoot allows you to protect the foot, elevate the heel, and prevent foot drop. PRIMOBoot is clinically designed with an internal tapered foam wedge, consistently offloading the heel providing the ultimate protection against heel pressure injuries. The durable outer fabric repels fluid and slides effortlessly to prevent skin shearing while the high sides wrap the leg to maintain correct foot placement. PRIMOBoot has a numbered strap system to simplify boot placement.

All Primo boots are clinically designed to meet varying patient population needs resulting in positive patient outcomes. Primo strives to decrease hospital costs by assisting with better product utilization and favorably priced products. Coupled with customized educational tools telling how and when to use Primo boots, Primo also helps lower costs in your healthcare facility by minimizing the risk of HAPIs. Primo’s dedicated education team is available on a regular basis to ensure staff is educated on how and when to use each product, decreasing pressure injury possibilities so that your patients receive positive outcomes without compromising patient comfort.

Heel pressure can cause severe injuries to the skin behind the heel and lead to further damage if not managed correctly. This happens to people who have low skin integrity or are not mobilizing and experiencing prolonged bed rest. The area behind the heel is prone to breaking down because the heel bone, called the Calcaneus, has a distinct ridge at the back of the heel that makes it prominent. The skin over the area is also fragile and does not have significant padding, such as fat or muscle that protects the bone from the skin. The heel is the second most common location for pressure injury nurses. Heel pressure injuries (HPIs) are painful and debilitating. 

Despite how frequent these occur, they can be very tedious to manage and treat, so the goal is to help reduce these types of damages by prevention. Some preventive strategies include realizing the risk, minimizing the effects of pressure, examining nutrition status, limiting bed rest, and preserving the skin’s integrity. The best way to manage those at risk of HPI’s is to utilize one of Primo’s heel offloading boots. Primo boots are clinically designed to offload heels and provide the ultimate protection against heel pressure injuries and foot drop. 

For more than 23 years, PRIMO has been a manufacturer of healthcare products for hospitals, physicians, and long-term care providers. PRIMO offers a wide variety of products in a portfolio that has been derived from clinical customer input while focusing on preventive wound care management.