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Time to get our priorities straight

Adam Bushby
22 September 2019

Chronic wounds are high on the healthcare agendas across the globe, but should they be even higher? The NHS in the UK spends a total of £5bn per year treating chronic wounds (Campbell, 2019) and there are an estimated 2.2mn people currently living with non-healing wounds in the UK (Guest et al, 2015). Untreated chronic wounds are a leading cause of limb amputation (Umali, 2019). A confluence of an ageing population, a growing obesity problem and rising number of people with diabetes (these individuals are at a greater risk of developing a chronic wound) has given rise to a growing number of chronic wounds in the UK. Older age, diabetes and obesity can prevent wound healing, as well as smoking, infection and poor diet.

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