Clinical update

Chronic wounds dressing

Around 200,000 people have a chronic wound at any one time in the UK, at a cost to the NHS of £4 billion.  

Essential facts

A chronic wound is usually defined as any wound that has not healed for six weeks or more. In the UK, around 200,000 people are experiencing a chronic wound at any one time, with an estimated annual cost to the NHS of around £4 billion.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) the selection of dressings is hindered by the relative lack of clinical evidence, while the prescription of advanced dressing, such as hydrocolloids, alginates, hydrofibre and antimicrobial dressings, for chronic wounds account for about £110 million a year in primary care in England.

In March, NICE published advice on advanced wound and antimicrobial dressings for managing common chronic wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and infected wounds. It outlines the best available evidence and advises that when a specific type of dressing cannot be justified


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