Journal articlesClinical evaluation: use of the ActivHeal Foam Adhesive dressing on chronic wounds in the acute setting

Clinical evaluation: use of the ActivHeal Foam Adhesive dressing on chronic wounds in the acute setting

28/09/15 | Complex wounds | Carolynne Sinclair, Dawn Bates

Chronic wounds are a substantial, growing problem due to an increasingly ageing population with various comorbidities. In 2008, Posnett and Franks calculated that 200,000 people in the UK had a chronic wound, with an estimated treatment cost of between £2.3–3.1 billion per year. Chronic wounds are particularly common in people aged over 65 and the number of over 65s in the UK has been predicted to increase from 9.5 million to 13 million between 2005–2025; with the population ever-increasing in age, the costs associated with the management and treatment of wounds will continue to rise (Posnett and Franks, 2008). Changing population demographics are resulting in increased prevalence and incidence of multisystem chronic diseases,meaning that health services are challenged to provide increasingly complex interventions with limited resources (Atkin et al, 2015).