Table 9

Incidence of putative infection with associated healing and costs stratified by category of PU

Percentage of cohort (%)Percentage of cohort that healed (%)Mean time to healing per patient (months)Mean cost of wound care per patient (£)
Category 1 PU
 No infection821001.17741
 Received only an antimicrobial dressing181004.004446
 Prescribed an anti-infective0
Category 2 PU
 No infection53574.863516
 Received only an antimicrobial dressing47012 103
 Prescribed an anti-infective0
Category 3 PU
 No infection27236.634828
 Received only an antimicrobial dressing20167.967266
 Prescribed an anti-infective53158.409589
 Prescribed an anti-infective with an antimicrobial dressing36119.0011 049
 Prescribed only an anti-infective17247.806390
Category 4 PU
 No infection2407609
 Received only an antimicrobial dressing<1
 Prescribed an anti-infective75207.3316 289
 Prescribed an anti-infective with an antimicrobial dressing45337.3316 446
 Prescribed only an anti-infective30016 054
Unstageable PU
 No infection19255.003387
 Received only an antimicrobial dressing<1
 Prescribed an anti-infective8059.008109
 Prescribed an anti-infective with an antimicrobial dressing4889.008988
 Prescribed only an anti-infective3206791
  • PU, pressure ulcer.