Table 6

Cost of healthcare resource use associated with managing unhealed surgical wounds in clinical practice (percentage of total cost is in parenthesis)

ResourceMean cost of resource use per patient over 12 months from initial presentation in the community
All procedures (%)Planned procedures (%)Emergency procedures (%)
District nurse visits£4186.81(57)£4142.62(58)£4297.30(55)
Hospital admissions£1086.76(16)£972.30(14)£1372.91(18)
Dressings£763.73(10)£772.50(11)£741.82(10)
Hospital outpatient visits£348.55(5)£326.04(5)£404.84(5)
Practice nurse visits£253.29(3)£262.33(4)£230.69(3)
GP visits£219.33(3)£227.02(3)£200.11(3)
Bandages£214.65(3)£202.20(3)£245.77(3)
Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories£118.42(2)£118.31(2)£118.68(2)
Wound care appliances£83.61(1)£75.35(1)£104.24(1)
Anti-infectives£43.44(1)£43.51(1)£43.26(1)
Topical treatments£17.17(<1)£12.35(<1)£29.22(<1)
Negative pressure wound therapy£6.00(<1)£5.18(<1)£8.03(<1)
Laboratory tests£2.85(<1)£2.85(<1)£2.85(<1)
Tissue viability nurse visits£0.25(<1)£0.24(<1)£0.27(<1)
Total£7344.86(100)£7162.81(100)£7800.00(100)
  • GP, general practitioner.