Journal articlesFoam dressings: a review of the literature and evaluation of fluid-handling capacity of four leading foam dressings

Foam dressings: a review of the literature and evaluation of fluid-handling capacity of four leading foam dressings

19/03/15 | Products | Leanne Atkin, John Stephenson, Sharon D Bateman

Posnett and Franks (2008) have calculated that 200,000 people in the UK have a chronic wound, with an estimated treatment cost of between £2.3 billion and £3.1 billion per year. With an ever-increasing ageing population, it can be assumed that costs associated with the management and treatment of wounds will also continue to rise. ἀe Business Service Authority (2014) reported that in 2013 between £160 and £185 million was spent on wound care dressings within primary care services in England, of which foam dressings accounted for £22.6 million of the overall spend. Foam dressings are frequently used in wound care to assist with the management of wound exudate, helping to prevent maceration of the wound bed, protect the surrounding skin and prevent cross-infection caused by strikethrough.