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The burden of pressure and the dent it puts in every nurse's care-giving ability is something which every nursing staff is familiar with. Unrelieved pressure for as little as 2 hours can harm your patient by causing permanent tissue injury and subsequent tissue death. (1)


  • Heel pressure ulcers account for 30.3% of total pressure ulcers and are the second most common site for skin breakdown. (2)
  • Healing times for heel ulcers are very long, in many cases lasting over a year. (3)
  • 11% of patients with ischaemic heel ulcers and gangrene have required amputation. (4)


MediGel can reduce the amount of pressure your patient is exposed to along with reducing the need for frequent repositioning of the patient due to its pressure redistributing qualities.


Strong evidence from EPUAP supports the fact that an individual should be repositioned with greater frequency on a nonpressure-redistributing mattress than on a viscoelastic foam mattress. (6)

How Does Our Foam Work?

The industry leading, temperature-sensitive visco-elastic foam within the MediGel moulds to the exact contours of the body, actively re-distributing the patient’s weight and pressure. This pressure-redistribution almost doubles the surface contact area, thus greatly reducing interface pressures.

An individual should be repositioned with greater frequency on a nonpressure-redistributing mattress than on a pressure redistributing viscoelastic foam mattress. (6)


What MediGel Therapy can do for Heel Pressure

When perpendicular pressure is applied to the walls of the MediGel, the cubes buckle under pressure as they bend outwards. Pressure is dissipated so it reduces rather than builds up as with springs or high rebound foams.

MediGel has been proven to reduce pressure intensity. (7)

What MediGel Therapy can do for Microclimate

The human body is very sensitive to temperature change. An increase of just 2 or 3 degrees Fahrenheit can cause overheating and perspiration.

Maintaining an ideal microclimate at the heels is a key indicator of the ability of the skin and underlying soft tissue to withstand prolonged pressure. Directly improving the environment at the skin surface of the heels will directly affect the risk of pressure ulcer development. (8)

Now, the revolutionary designed MediGel with integrated heel section helps combat excess heat and humidity by reducing temperatures in the heels by up to 3 degrees Fahrenheit. (9)

3. Medigel Cover

  • Cover is multi-stretch polyurethane, and positively helps to reduce shear and friction forces, and dissipates heat and moisture
  • 10,000ppm chlorine resistant
  • Avoids a ‘hammock effect’ (see below)
  • The only fire retardant cover currently available in the world which is Oeko-Tex Class 1
  • Hydrolysis resistance 1 year + High weld strength performance
  • Zip cover also has a toughened PU anti-slip coated base

Technical Specifications

  • Fire Retardancy: Foam & filings are in compliance with S.I. 1324 (crib 5 source 5 (I.S. 419) Finished Product Retardancy: Finished Product is compliant with B.S.7177 (Mattress Medium) – Hazard 0,1 + 5
  • Long Term Performance : Lost less than 8% of hardness after 10 years stimulated rigorous hospital use and durability (120,000 cycles)
  • User Weight Limit: 22 Stone
  • Warranty: 5 Years. Copy of warranty upon request
  • Quality: Manufactured under ISO9002 accreditation and is registered as a Class 1 CE medical product
  • Dimensions: Standard 198x86x15cm
  • Products can be manufactured to your dimensions


  • (1) Cervo FA, Cruz AC, Posillico JA: Pressure ulcers: Analysis of guidelines for treatment and management. Geriatrics 55(3):55–60, 2000.
  • (2) Amlung SR, Miller WI, Bosley LM. The 1999 National Pressure Ulcer Prevalence Survey: a benchmarking approach. Adv Skin Wound Care 2004;17:490-494
  • (3) Theiman, GS, Oderich GSC, Ashrafi A, Schneider PA. Management of ischemic heel ulceration and gangrene: An evaluation of factors associated with successful healing. J Vasc Surg
  • (4) Dosluoglu H, Attuwaybi B, Cherr G, Harris L, Dryjski M. The management of ischemic heel ulcers and gangrene in the endovascular era. Am J Surg 2007; 194: 600–05.
  • (5) Salcido R, Lee A, Ahn C,. Heel Pressure Ulcers:Purple heel and deep tissue injury. Adv skin wound care 2010; 24(8); 374-80
  • (6) European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers: quick reference guide. Washington DC: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (2009).
  • (7) Independent Pressure testing on MediGel completed by Dr. Duncan Bain, UK (2013)
  • (8) Reger SI, Ranganathan VK, Sahgal V. Support surface interface pressure, microenvironment, and the prevalence of pressure ulcers: an analysis of the literature. Ostomy Wound Manage 2007; 53(10): 50-8.a href="./medigel/#return8">
  • (9) Information provided by manufacturer