Due to the increased costs associated with wound care, such as additional hospital/clinic visits, dressing changes, nursing care, and hospital stays, chronic or difficult-to-heal skin wounds – such as diabetic leg ulcers, burns, or pressure ulcers – impose an economic burden on the affected patient and healthcare system. Unfortunately, the number of patients with chronic wounds is expected to continue to grow due to the world’s aging population and the high incidence of chronic illnesses among the elderly. Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, as are comorbidities including diabetes, obesity, venous hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease, all of which drive up wound care expenses.

Dressings that require fewer changes — or more significantly, actually aid in the healing of wounds — may not only save money but also benefit patients by decreasing trauma surrounding the wound and imposing less restrictions on daily life [Image: Shutterstock].

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