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Coping with chronic wounds

Are chronic wounds commonly mismanaged? Mark Greener looks at the evidence

The combination of an ageing population and increasingly common chronic conditions means that there are more wounds that prove difficult-to-heal. As a result, a recent paper notes, chronic wounds place 'a significant burden on the health system and individual patients'.1

For example, during the European Wound Management Association's (EWMA) meeting in London (13-15 May), researchers from Dublin reported that during a week in November 2013, 3.7% (n=445) of an urban population had at least one wound. Surgical wounds were the most common (42.7%), followed by leg ulcers (18.9%), pressure ulcers (10.3%) and diabetic foot ulcers (5.2%). Two-thirds (67.6%) of patients had one wound. But one patient had 11 recorded wounds. Almost one in 12 (8.5%) chronic wounds persisted for more than five years.

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