Of the £5.3 billion the NHS spend every year treating wounds, over £3.0 billion a year is spent on managing chronic wounds (leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure sores) alone. The majority (74%) of this spend was on wounds that did not heal in the year. Healed wounds cost £800 million while unhealed wounds cost £2.2 billion a year; a cost that will be repeated year on year.
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- Health economic burden that different wound types impose on the UK’s National Health Service (pdf)
Guest JF, Ayoub N, McIlwraith T, Uchegbu I, Gerrish A, Weidlich D, Vowden K, Vowden P. International Wound Journal, Vol 14, No 2, April 2017, p 322-330