by Aletha Tippett MD
Does wound care need to be expensive? In the U.S. over a billion dollars per year is spent on wound care. When dealing on an individual basis, the cost of treating a pressure ulcer, our most common type of wound, has been computed to be $1600/patient/month, adjusted for CPI.1 What is driving this trend? It is expensive, high tech equipment such as pressurized beds, vacuum assisted closure, surgical techniques for debridement and skin grafting, and high priced dressings such as some of the foams, alginates and collagen dressings. Additionally, costs are increased when care is ineffective or counter-productive, prolonging the need for care.