Managing the burden of wounds by focusing on prevention
The NHS spends £8.3 billion a year treating chronic wounds on an estimated 3.8 million people, according to the recently updated study evaluating the “Burden of Wounds” to the NHS. Costs have increased by 48% in the five years since the study was first published and the overwhelming majority of this burgeoning demand, around 80% of the caseload, impacts on community healthcare.
This session chaired by Jacqui Fletcher OBE, focusses on managing the burden of wounds by focusing on prevention, and how technology and digitisation will enable a prevention focus.
Prof Julian Guest will focus on the costs of wounds with a specific drill down on pressure ulcers and the impact prevention would have. Secondly Una Adderley will discuss the National Wound Care Strategy and the role will have on pressure ulcers prevention.