Wound Care, are we getting the basics right? Reflections on the "Burden of Wounds”

The recently published “Burden of Wounds” study [1, 2] has highlighted the cost of wound care in the United Kingdom and has provided real world evidence of the clinical and cost effectiveness of care. This study has highlighted the challenges of providing clinical and cost effective care, emphasizing care variance and deviation from approved clinical guidelines. These findings have implications for care delivery [3].

Data from the study will be discussed and potential areas for both system and medical device innovation highlighted. One particularly worrying issue identified by the study is the need to improve wound healing rates if an escalating wound care burden is to be avoided. Even without considering the impact of aging and increasing co-morbidities there is the potential for patient numbers to increase by 5% per year unless outcomes are improved.

References
1. Guest, J.F., Ayoub, N., McIlwraith, T., et al. Health economic burden that wounds impose on the national health service in the UK. BMJ Open. 2015; 5: 12, e009283.
2. Guest, J.F., Ayoub, N., Mcilwraith, T., et al. Health economic burden that different wound types impose on the UK’s National Health Service. International Wound Journal. 2016 
3. Vowden, P., Vowden, K. Clinical care delivery implications of the "Burden of Wounds" study. Wounds Uk. 2016; 12: 3, 12-21.