Chronic Wounds – More Serious Than You Know
With 6.5 million people (of which 15% are Medicare patients), suffering from chronic wounds that cost as much as $31.7 billion dollars annually, wound care is an “epidemic” that healthcare providers may not hear about. Arterial and pressure ulcers are the most expensive Medicare expenses, diabetic ulcers drive the total cost higher, and surgical infections are the most common chronic wound and account for 77% of surgical patient deaths.
Preventing wound care infection and delayed healing is the key to avoiding complications and death. Effective management to achieve optimal clinical and financial outcomes depends on several factors – professional expertise, early detection, regular assessment, risk management, and appropriate product selection. While no single dressing is suitable for all stages of healing, the sooner the wound heals, the chance of better patient outcomes. To learn more about the impact of wound infection and ways you can reduce increased hospitalizations, morbidity, and mortality visit here.