Treatment of Pressure Ulcers & Complex Wounds

Over 700,000 people are affected by pressure ulcers in the UK each year. The total cost of treatment to the NHS is estimated to be £1.4-£2.1 billion annually, comprising 4% of total NHS expenditure1.

The average incremental treatment cost for one pressure ulcer is up to £6,500, but for complex or multiple pressure ulcers this can rise to up to £40,0001.

Certain patient groups are more susceptible, including those with spinal cord injury, burns patients, palliative patients and those patients with multiple comorbidities.

In the UK around 1,000 people sustain a spinal cord injury each year, and this injury primarily affects young male adults (80% male versus female). It is known that in excess of 50,000 people live with paralysis in the UK and Ireland at a cost that is estimated at £1 billion per annum in the UK alone, with no effective treatments for the injury.

What compounds their care and creates hospital re-admission issues is that for this group of patients the prevalence of pressure ulcers is shown to be up to 30%, so in excess of 15,000 of these patients are affected. Many of these patients require flap surgery and often have recurring skin problems for life.

Medstrom are committed to providing innovative, clinically effective and cost effective support surfaces for the treatment of all categories of pressure ulcer, including those very complex patients for whom traditional dynamic surfaces are not sufficient.

 1. Pressure ulcers: A guide to eliminating all avoidable grade 2, 3, and 4 pressure ulcers. Nursing Standard, RCN and NHS England 2013.