Slow-healing wounds is a major medical and social problem. Pain, limited mobility, isolation and the need for regular diversions lowers the quality of life for the individual. Slow-healing wounds are a worldwide problem within the elderly and the risk increases with age (>65 years). One-fifth of Sweden’s population or about 1,8 million are affected and the disorder is rapidly growing. In a recent report the Swedish agency for health technology assessment and assessment of social services (SBU) concludes that the scientific evidence for the treatment of chronic wounds in the elderly is very limited.
Slow-healing wounds require significant resources of the health care system and account for 2-4% of healthcare budgets. Only in Sweden the total cost of slow healing leg ulcers in Sweden was estimated to 2.5 billion per year (2013). The costs are expected to rise in conjunction with an increased elderly and diabetic population. It is estimated that every fourth person in Sweden will be 65 years or older in 2030.