Accel-Heal®

Accel-Heal®

Accel-Heal® is a medical device that promotes and stimulates healing in leg ulcers through the use of electroceutical energy.

Developed and designed with ease of clinical application and patient comfort in mind, Accel-Heal® delivers a sequence of pre-programmed, low level and sub-sensory electrical energy through the skin surface. This helps to reduce the inflammation and improve cell migration to the ulcer site resulting in tissue repair.

An Accel-Heal® treatment course consists of six, battery powered 48 hour single use units and electrode pads. The pads should be applied to healthy skin either side of the wound and then connected to the Accel-Heal® unit, during a standard care procedure (dressing change).

 

Product features

  • Wearable with each unit measuring 7cm x 4cm x 2cm and can be placed underneath dressings and bandages
  • Painless and comfortable to sleep on whilst in use
  • Used alongside standard dressing without the need to change treatment plan

Product benefits[1-5]

  • Promotes and stimulates healing
  • Easy to use
  • Helps reduce pain
  • Helps reduce oedema
  • Helps reduce exudate

 

References
[1] Guest, J.F. et al. (2015) Clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of an externally applied electroceutical device in managing venous leg ulcers in clinical practice in the UK. Journal of Wound Care, 24(12).
[2] Ovens, L. (2015) Getting it right for patients and budgets. Wounds UK, 11(3): 96-101.
[3] Ovens, L. (2014) Electroceutical therapy to manage complex leg ulcers: a case series of three patients. Wounds UK, 10(2): 78-83.
[4] Greaves, T. (2014) Improving patient quality of life with innovative electroceutical technology: a case series. Wounds UK, 10(4).
[5] Griffin, J. (2013) Improving outcomes through innovation: An evaluation of Accel-Heal in chronic wounds. Wounds UK, 9(4).

The cost effectiveness of using Accel-Heal® in clinical practice was evaluated in a recent prospective, non-blinded study of 30 venous leg ulcers (28 patients with 1 VLU and 1 patient with 2 VLUs).

In the study, for the population of ulcers that healed:

  • Total costs post application of Accel-Heal® were 35% lower than costs prior to the application of Accel-Heal®. Consequently, treating ulcers at the optimum point in a care pathway would result in an annual saving of at least 35%
  • For the population of 30 ulcers as a whole, nurse visits were down 34% and the number of dressings was down 26%
  • All patients demonstrated either complete healing or a reduction in wound size

Full details of the study can be accessed here.

The clinical effectiveness of Accel-Heal® has been evaluated in a number of clinical settings, and supported by patient case studies. The results have consistently demonstrated the following benefits:

  • Promotes and stimulates healing
  • Helps reduce pain
  • Helps reduce exudate
  • Helps reduce oedema

Accel-Heal® clinical studies

Author(s) Title Publication
Greaves, T. Improving patient quality of life with innovative electroceutical technology: a case series Wounds UK, 2014, 10(4) View
Greaves, T. Improving patient quality of life with innovative electroceutical technology Wounds UK, 2014, poster View
Griffin, J. Improving patient outcomes through innovation Wounds UK, 2013, poster View
Guest, J. F., Ayoub, N. and Greaves, T. Clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness of an externally applied electroceutical device in managing venous leg ulcers in clinical practice in the UK Journal of Wound Care, 2015, 24(12) View
Louison, P. Management of recurrent venous leg ulcer with electroceutical therapy to improve pain, expedite healing and reduce risk of recurrence EWMA, 2015, poster View
Ovens, L. Electroceutical therapy to manage complex leg ulcers: a case series of three patients Wounds UK, 2014, 10(2) View
Ovens, L. Getting it right for patients and budgets Wounds UK, 2015, 11(3) View

Applying Accel-Heal®*

It is recommended that Accel-Heal® is used on leg ulcers that will comfortably fit under a 10cm x 10cm dressing and following 8 weeks of best practice guidelines from a qualified practitioner but has not healed or is not on the path of healing.

  1. Clean the skin surrounding the wound with the alcohol wipes included in the pack and attach the electrodes to either side of the wound or dressing area on healthy skin
  2. Press and hold the button for 2 seconds to activate the device
  3. Flashing green light indicates activationAccel Heal Application Instructions
  4. Connect the pads to the Accel-Heal® device
  5. Dress the wound with a standard wound dressing, tuck the unit into the external dressing and leave to work for 48 hours

 

*See product insert leaflet for full instructions for use.

 

Item Size Product code PIP code NHS code
1 x Accel-Heal® treatment (6 x 48 hour units) 7cm x 4cm x 2cm K560-6 373-0942 ELZ484