5 Fold Reduction In Heel Ulcers

Clinical research on how to prevent pressure damage in patients with an extreme bony prominence1, has shown that pressure ulcer incidence rates were,

  • 3.4% on a double-layer compact cell mattress
  • 19.2% on a single-layer deep cell mattress
  • 37.0% of those using the standard foam mattress

The average cost of treating a pressure ulcer is estimated to range from between £43 and £374 per day 2. With some ulcers taking over a year to heal 3 this could result in an annual cost of somewhere between £20,805 and £136,510 per patient. The Squirrel Diamond with stacked cell technology is a patented Double Layer air mattress using 58 compact air cells.

Studies comparing double layer air mattresses (with compact cells) against single layer mattresses (with deep cells) have shown a 15.8% reduction in pressure ulcer incidence3

(1) H. Sanada, J. Sugama, and G. Nakagami, "Innovations in pressure ulcer prevention and management: Key initiatives introduced in Japan," Wounds Int., vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 14, 2010
(2) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, "Costing statement: Pressure ulcers Implementing the NICE guideline on pressure ulcers (CG179)," no. June, p. 3, 2014.
(3) J. Black, "Technology and product reviews TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Preventing pressure ulcers occurring on the heel," vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 14, 2012.