This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Assessment and management of chronic wounds

Written by: | Published:

Increasingly common among our ageing population, chronic wounds cost the NHS over £3 billion a year

The prevalence of chronic wounds is rising, partly due to the increase of longevity in the population but also they can occur in younger people also. Chronic wounds are more prevalent in adults over 65 years, and have a significant burden on both the NHS and the patient. A recent study extrapolated that there are 2.2 million people with wounds in the UK with an overall cost of £5.3 billion of which £3.2 billion was spend on chronic wounds.1

Chronic wounds are described as those that fail to heal within a predicted time frame, they are also known as hard-to-heal, non-healing, recalcitrant, challenging or complex wounds.2 It is thought that during the process of normal healing, there is a balance of healthy proteins and enzymes in the wound that promote healing.

Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.