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Overview

Wound care has become a top-priority issue for health systems worldwide. The expenditure for wound management has been rising in last years and could experience further growth, due to progressive ageing of population and global spreading of diseases like diabetes and obesity. Chronic wounds include, but are not limited, to venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers that may result in amputation. These ulcers last on average 12 to 13 months, recur in up to 60% to 70% of patients, can lead to loss of function and decreased quality of life, and are a significant cause of morbidity1-2. They are a challenge to wound care professionals and consume a great deal of healthcare resources around the globe. Care for such conditions has been reported to cost 2% to 3% of the healthcare budgets in developed countries1-2. Considering only the United States there are over 7 million cases of chronic wounds annually, at a collective cost of more than $25 billion per year.

1: Richmond NA, Maderal AD, Vivas AC. Evidence-based management of common chronic lower extremity ulcers. Dermatol Ther 2013;26: 187–196.

2: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. Optimal Care of Chronic, Non-Healing, Lower Extremity Wounds: A Review of Clinical Evidence and Guidelines. Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2013.