Projected global wound prevalence by wound types21st March 2013
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This summary of a larger report*, outlines the main types of wounds seen globally. Data shows a projected global increase in surgical wounds, traumatic wounds and lacerations from 2012 to 2017, with a small projected increase in the prevalence of burns in this period. Other wounds, such as amputations and carcinomas are also predicted to rise slightly.
Although small in number compared to surgical wounds, the report suggests that chronic wounds are the most challenging and high-cost wounds to manage, making them a target for development of technologies to manage them. In this report, chronic wounds, defined as pressure ulcers, venous ulcers and diabetic ulcers, are set to increase from a little over 40 million to over 60 million between 2012 ad 2017.
While this may merely confirm what we already ‘know’, such data allows consideration of dressing/intervention development and forecasting for service delivery.
* MedMarket Diligence. (2013) Worldwide Wound Management, Forecast to 2021: Established and Emerging Products, Technologies and Markets in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Rest of World