What is it about?

This manuscrit is about chronic wounds. Chronic wounds became a major public health problem leading to very highly economic costs. They represent a huge impact on patients, caregivers and society in general, being a major source of patient morbidity. This study updates on chronic wounds, its substantial impact on patients and healthcare systems, the role of biofilms and other factors on wound healing.

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Chronic wounds Economic costs associated with chronic wounds Biofilms and chronic wounds Wound healing

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The number of patients with chronic non-healing wounds keeps increasing worldwide due to the growing aging population, increasing number of obese and diabetic patients and cardiovascular diseases. Controlling or preventing infections is essential for the normal wound-healing process to occur. Reduction of infection can yield significant overall cost savings in health care, as infections lead to thousands of dollars in excess of medical charges and prolonged hospital admissions every year.

Maria Azevedo

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This page is a summary of: Hard-to-heal wounds, biofilm and wound healing: an intricate interrelationship, British Journal of Nursing, March 2020, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.5.s6.
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