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Date: February, 2008

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Subject: CLINICAL STUDY SHOWS THAT HEELIFT® SUSPENSION BOOTS PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN HEEL PRESSURE ULCER PREVENTION REGIMENS

Suspension Boot for heel pressure ulcer preventionEvanston, IL...A new study published in the February 2008 issue of Advances in Skin & Wound Care reveals that the Heelift® Suspension Boot, manufactured by DM Systems, Inc., can play an integral role in reducing facility-acquired heel pressure ulcers.*

The study, titled "Reducing Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Through a Focused Prevention Program" (Joan A. McInerney, MSN, RN, BC, CWOCN) describes one facility's efforts to significantly lower the number of patients who suffered from or acquired heel pressure ulcers. In addition to disciplined staff members checking and turning patients and monitoring at-risk patients through the Braden Scale and other risk measurements, the facility used Heelift® Suspension Boots to aid in elevating patients' heels and relieving pressure points. The facility succeeded in lowering heel pressure ulcer prevalence by 90% over an approximately 5-year period.

Heelift® Suspension Boots are effective in helping to prevent heel pressure ulcers because they cradle and cushion the leg while gently elevating the lower leg and suspending the heel in air. Heelift® also offers customization options, and an accompanying foam pad can assist in preventing foot drop and hip rotation.

Dr. Denis B. Drennan, President of DM Systems, stated, "This newest study describing a successful prevention regimen that includes Heelift® Suspension Boot supports our belief that proper and diligent prevention can eliminate the chance for most heel pressure ulcers to occur."

To request a copy of the study as it appeared in Advances in Skin & Wound Care, please contact DM Systems, Inc.

*McInerney JA. Reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence through a focused prevention program. Adv Skin Wound Care 2008:21:75-78.