A recent research study estimated that the annual cost of managing wounds in the NHS and associated comorbidities is £5.3 billion (which is is comparable to the £5 billion spent on managing obesity in the NHS).
Most of these wounds are cared for in the community and the most common type of wounds are wounds on the lower leg such as leg and foot ulcers. More than half the leg ulcers recorded in this study had no recorded diagnosis and so are unlikely to be receiving effective care.
NHS England has estimated that sub-optimal care of leg ulcers can cost up to ten times more than correctly managed care.
Imagine how much money we could save if we gave patients the right care.
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