Table 5

Healthcare resource use associated with managing PUs in clinical practice

Resource useMean amount of resource use per patient over 12 months from initial presentation
AllCategory 1 PUCategory 2 PUCategory 3 PUCategory 4PUUnstageable PU
District nurse visits101.5623.5099.33109.14141.40101.20
Dressings196.9729.59207.00211.33252.90217.36
Prescriptions for analgesics and NSAIDs7.000.914.336.7613.1010.24
Bandages15.460.5920.5316.3020.4817.24
Prescriptions for anti-infectives1.460.051.602.402.801.70
General practitioner visits1.200.590.931.211.601.56
Practice nurse visits2.300.952.002.243.702.60
Negative pressure wound therapy0.470.000.000.541.500.00
Hospital outpatient visits0.160.140.200.170.000.24
Topical treatments6.540.008.008.4410.500.00
Laboratory tests0.030.050.070.020.150.00
  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; PU, pressure ulcer.