Table 7

Cost of healthcare resource use associated with managing healed and unhealed PUs in clinical practice at 2015/2016 prices (percentage of total cost is in parenthesis)

ResourceMean cost of resource use per patient over 12 months from initial presentation
Healed PUUnhealed PU
District nurse visits£4133.58 (80%)£10 108.79 (82%)
Dressings£530.00 (10%)£1277.43 (10%)
Prescriptions for analgesics and NSAIDs£102.48 (2%)£276.56 (2%)
Bandages£141.61 (3%)£257.03 (2%)
Prescriptions for anti-infectives£9.93 (<1%)£51.97 (<1%)
General practitioner visits£80.62 (2%)£134.48 (1%)
Practice nurse visits£72.95 (1%)£74.49 (1%)
Negative pressure wound therapy£0.00 (<1%)£47.60 (<1%)
Hospital outpatient visits£36.08 (1%)£33.71 (<1%)
Topical treatments£35.73 (1%)£33.83 (<1%)
Laboratory tests£0.07 (<1%)£0.17(<1%)
Total£5143.05 (100%)£12 296.06 (100%)
  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; PU, pressure ulcer.