A worrying look at Woundcare Statistics
From a wound care perspective, the growing prevalence and incidence of non-healing acute and chronic wounds is a worrying concern. Indeed, the incidence of wounds in the EU-27 is approximately 4 million, and furthermore 2 million patients acquire hospital acquired infections each year.
1 It is estimated that more than 23% of all hospital in-patients have a pressure ulcer and most pressure ulcers occur during hospitalisation for an acute episode of illness/injury.
2 The cost of just one problematic wound is between €6.650-10.000 per patient, and the total cost of wound care accounts for 2-4 % of European health care budgets. Further, 27-50% of acute hospital beds are likely to be occupied on any day by patients with a wound.