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Date: June, 2009



Evanston, IL (June 16, 2009) – Approximately one-third of survey respondents revealed their facilities did not have an official heel pressure ulcer prevention program, according to a report released by DM Systems, manufacturer of the family of Heelift® Suspension Boots.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last year that it would no longer reimburse for hospital-acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers. Survey results found that concern about the changes started high in the spring and remained consistent through the fall. On average, 85% of respondents indicated that the new guidelines would have a significant impact on their facilities.

The CMS changes could have contributed to the increased number of respondents who said that their facility did have a heel ulcer prevention program. Of the respondents in the first round of surveys (spring), 36% stated that they worked without an official protocol, but in the last round of surveys (fall), only 30% of respondents indicated that they did not work with a formal protocol.

The majority of the survey participants indicated that their decision when purchasing new pressure relief products was most affected by whether the product would work the best. On average, 66% of respondents said that this was their determining factor compared to just 15.3% (on average) who said cost was their major determining factor.

Respondents ranged from a variety of healthcare facilities: hospitals, home healthcare, wound care clinics, nursing homes, hospices and assisted living facilities, respectively.

DM Systems conducted a series of surveys in 2008 designed to gauge the effect of the CMS guidelines on healthcare facilities. Surveys were distributed to wound care professionals at three key wound care conferences: Symposium on Advanced Wound Care in April, WOCN’s 40th Annual Conference in June and Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care in October.

For a copy of the full report, visit

DM Systems, Inc.

In 2009, DM Systems celebrates 30 pressure-free years with its dynamic line of wound care products – Heelift® Suspension Boot, Heelift® Traction Boot and Elbowlift® Suspension Pad – that promote a stress-free environment to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. The Heelift® was the first product to incorporate an extra pad to control hip rotation and foot drop and a tricot backing. The Heelift® family of boots is available in three sizes – petite, standard and bariatric – and in two interiors: smooth or convoluted (bariatric available only in smooth).

In addition to wound care, DM Systems offers an inventive line of rehabilitation and casting products.