Journal articlesEnabling wound healing and preventing limb amputation: a cost–benefit case study of Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings

Enabling wound healing and preventing limb amputation: a cost–benefit case study of Hydro-Responsive Wound Dressings

07/11/17 | Diabetic foot ulcers | Mary Cooke, Paul Chadwick, Samantha Haycocks, Mark Rippon, Sue Simm

Diabetic foot ulceration can deteriorate to the extent that amputation is a likely clinical option. Ulceration and amputation have a significant impact on patient mortality and quality of life. This case study exemplifies how a patient with a large dorsal non-healing ulcer and a dehisced surgical wound/graft site was treated successfully with new hydro-responsive wound dressings (HydroClean® plus and HydroTac®). There were significant cost savings using hydro-responsive wound dressings (£261.38) in relation to standard wound care (£534.89), plus potential savings from preventing an above-knee amputation (£10,911.55). The potential for amputation is included as the patient was typical of individuals with poorly-controlled diabetes. The results of this case study are not generalisable, but they highlight the need for trial-based research into dressings used for diabetic foot ulceration.