This resource, composed of 10 clinical cases, assesses your knowledge of dressings and wound care. On successful completion, you will be provided with one hour of CPD.
Wound management is very costly to the health system, especially because of the protracted course of the disease and the potential for secondary infections. Although the general annual costs for wound care in the UK have never been quantified, there is an estimative that the NHS expenses with advanced wound dressings alone amounts to £13 million per year. For specific wound groups, it has been reported that the costs associated with leg ulcers range between £300 and £600 million annually, and can reach up to £2.1 billion (or 4% of the annual NHS spend) for pressure ulcers care, with most of the costs related to nursing.
Chronic wound management should be optimised through a comprehensive and individual assessment of both the wound and the patient as a whole. As wound healing is a complex multifactorial sequence of events, primary and secondary health centres are supposed to have trained staff for wounds assessment, ideally composed by a multidisciplinary team. Each nurse or clinician participating in the wound care team should work within his/her scope of practice.