Wounds can result in long term pain, decreased mobility and reduced physical and psychological wellbeing. Chronic wounds are wounds that have not progressed through the stages of healing normally. They may heal at a much slower rate, heal only partially or reoccur after partial or complete healing.
Chronic wounds can develop from a range of acute wounds including skin tears, pressure injuries, autoimmune/dermatological conditions, diabetic foot ulceration, compromised surgical wounds, and venous and arterial ulcers of the foot and leg.
The incidence of chronic wounds in NSW is high, and wound management can be a significant expense for patients, carers and health services. Chronic wounds also have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients, carers and families.
The wound management initiative aims to:
- reduce the incidence and severity of chronic wounds in NSW by early identification of patients at risk
- ensure wound management is effective and sustainable
- improve outcomes and experiences for patients, carers and families with all types of wounds, including:
- improved wound healing times
- improved maintenance of non-healable wounds
- reduction in wound recurrence
- reduction in re-presentation to services.
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