Table 6

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

ResourceMean cost of resource use per patient over 12 months from initial presentation
AllCategory 1 PUCategory 2 PUCategory 3 PUCategory 4 PUUnstageable PU
District nurse visits£7144.77 (82%)£1174.33 (85%)£7118.30 (82%)£7982.43 (82%)£8298.33 (82%)£7236.48 (80%)
Dressings£915.59 (10%)£106.96 (8%)£910.22 (11%)£1039.59 (11%)£948.57 (9%)£974.14 (11%)
Prescriptions for analgesics and NSAIDs£191.86 (2%)£17.62 (1%)£129.17 (1%)£200.25 (2%)£258.53 (3%)£286.83 (3%)
Bandages£182.69 (2%)£4.81 (<1%)£223.49 (3%)£198.83 (2%)£165.59 (2%)£246.46 (3%)
Prescriptions for anti-infectives£33.32 (<1%)£0.74 (<1%)£37.24 (<1%)£34.04 (<1%)£53.37 (1%)£39.95 (<1%)
General practitioner visits£106.78 (1%)£37.48 (3%)£84.89 (1%)£112.56 (1%)£119.18 (1%)£141.58 (2%)
Practice nurse visits£65.35 (1%)£19.72 (1%)£59.26 (1%)£67.86 (1%)£89.78 (1%)£76.87 (1%)
Negative pressure wound therapy£19.54 (<1%)£0.00 (<1%)£0.00 (<1%)£23.84 (<1%)£52.82 (1%)£0.00 (<1%)
Hospital outpatient visits£32.06 (<1%)£19.00 (1%)£39.96 (<1%)£35.33 (<1%)£0.00 (<1%)£47.85 (1%)
Topical treatments£28.07 (<1%)£1.38 (<1%)£60.53 (1%)£19.67 (<1%)£78.74 (1%)£35.32 (<1%)
Laboratory tests£0.12 (<1%)£0.13 (<1%)£0.28 (<1%)£0.07 (<1%)£0.51 (<1%)£0.00 (<1%)
Total£8720.17 (100%)£1382.17 (100%)£8663.34 (100%)£9714.47 (100%)£10 065.42 (100%)£9085.49 (100%)
  • NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug; PU, pressure ulcer.