Preventing and Improving Care of Chronic Lower Limb Wounds Implementation Case

The burden of chronic lower limb wound care is large and growing with significant and unwarranted variation in the use of evidence-based care. There are at least as many people with foot ulcers but without diabetes, as there are people with diabetic foot ulcers, and more than half of all major lower limb amputations are in people that do not have diabetes. The health care needs for both groups are very similar but without diabetes, it is difficult to access the necessary care to prevent amputation and reduce the risk of death.
In 2019, there were an estimated 739,000 leg ulcers in England with estimated healthcare costs of £3.1 billion per annum. The quality of care varies widely and many people with leg ulcers do not receive effective evidence-based care that increases healing and reduces recurrence. Unless action is taken to improve care, the prevalence is predicted to grow by 4% per annum.
This situation presents a valuable opportunity for quality improvement to deliver better patient outcomes and secure better value from existing resources in line with the requirements of the recent NHS Long Term Plan (2019) to prevent harm, increase productivity of staff, and produce financial savings….

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