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  • D. Lane

The Medical Community Focuses on the Growing Need for Wound Care

Updated: Jan 9, 2022

Wound Care In America.

Nearly 7 million Americans are living with a chronic and non-healing wounds.

The widespread existence of chronic non-healing wounds is an increasing burden on the nation's health care system. With the combination of an aging population, the increasing disease rate (such as diabetes and heart disease) and more Americans becoming increasingly unhealthy, the need for advanced wound care increases.

Chronic wounds impact the quality of life of nearly 2.5% of the total population in the United States creating the demand for specialized and advanced wound care doctors. The management of wounds has a significant economic impact on health care and individuals and is expected to continue to be a substantial clinical, social, and economic challenge.

In 2020, the coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic dramatically disrupted health care worldwide, including wound care. A chronic non-healing wound is typically correlated with the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient, such as vascular deficits, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease. These risk factors make persons with a chronic non-healing wound at high risk for severe, sometimes deadly outcomes.

The longer a chronic wound goes untreated, the greater your risk of infection, amputation and other complications. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many aspects of the wound care dilemma have been significantly impacted. The dramatic impact to compliance with wound care visits and do-it-yourself wound care exposed patients to potentially deadly conditions. As the pandemic continues, the chronic non-healing wound predicament is rapidly becoming a crisis in the United States.


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