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Wound Care by the Numbers

Sources: The cost of diabetic limb complications is more than the cost of five of the most deadly cancers in the US Barshes, Neal R., et al. “The System of Care for the Diabetic Foot: Objectives, Outcomes, and Opportunities.” Diabetic Foot & Ankle, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2013, p. 21847, doi:10.3402/dfa.v4i0.21847. 8.2 million Medicare … Continued

Venous Ulcers By The Numbers

Sources: Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are the most common type of ulcers found on the leg. They account for up to 90% of lower leg ulcers: Adeyi, Adeyemi, et al. “Leg Ulcers in Older People: A Review of Management.” British Journal of Medical Practitioners, vol. 2, no. 3, Sept. 2009, pp. 21–28., www.bjmp.org/content/leg-ulcers-older-people-review-management. Approximately 600,000 … Continued

Pressure Injuries By The Numbers

Sources: In the U.S., 2.5 million people develop pressure injuries annually: Sen, Chandan K. “Human Wounds and Its Burden: An Updated Compendium of Estimates.” Advances in Wound Care, vol. 8, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 39–48, doi:10.1089/wound.2019.0946. Pressure injuries are the #1 cause of patient harm in a care facility “Pressure Ulcers Cost the Health … Continued

Diabetic Foot Ulcers By The Numbers

Sources: Every 30 seconds, a patient with diabetes requires an amputation: Richard JL, Schuldiner S. Epidémiologie du pied diabétique [Epidemiology of diabetic foot problems]. Rev Med Interne. 2008;29 Suppl 2:S222-S230. doi:10.1016/S0248-8663(08)73949-3 70% of all amputations are caused by Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Järbrink, Krister et al. “The humanistic and economic burden of chronic wounds: a protocol … Continued

Why Wound Care Matters

Sources: Every 4 seconds a patient develops a wound in the US: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/wound.2021.0026 Every 30 seconds a diabetic patient suffers an amputation: https://www.ajmc.com/view/diabetic-amputations-may-be-rising-in-the-united-states – https://www.avera.org/balance/wound-care/wound-healing-awareness-can-save-limbs–and-lives/ Diabetic patients have a 60% chance of death within 5 years of an amputation of a foot ulcer: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5755273 – https://www.ajmc.com/view/diabetic-amputations-may-be-rising-in-the-united-states 74% of patients are able to avoid amputation in … Continued

Are HAPIs Sabotaging Your Hospital?

A Conversation with WCA CNO Christina Le, MSHA, BSN, RN, WCC, CWS, OMS As Covid-19 patients overwhelmed hospitals and staff shortages hit, Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPI) rates skyrocketed. Hospital systems are still fighting to get these numbers back to pre-Covid levels. In this blog, we’re talking with WCA CNO Christina Le about what hospitals can … Continued

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