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Future of wound care 

Future of wound care
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Future of wound care
Author(s):

Valerie Edwards-Jones

, Chris Roberts

, Richard White

, and Madeleine Flanagan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198716006.003.0011
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date: 02 July 2022

Wound care costs billions of pounds each year and is expected to increase along with the ageing population. It is estimated that almost one-quarter of the costs are attributed to wound management products. As technology progresses, there has been an exponential increase in the number of wound care products available to clinicians making selection of treatments confusing and haphazard. Over the last 30 years, chronic non-healing wounds have been the focus of wound product innovation and these new technologies must be systematically reviewed to evaluate their efficacy. Treatment modalities should be based on sound clinical judgement and supported by relevant evidence to reduce wound healing times and prevent further damage. This chapter reviews new approaches to wound management and highlights how innovation is likely to improve patient outcomes in the future.

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