Wounds

Slow-healing wounds

Slow-healing wounds are 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 among elderly and the risk increases with age (>65 years). One-fifth of Sweden’s population of 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) concluded that the scientific evidence for the treatment of chronic wounds in the elderly population is very limited.

Slow-healing wounds require significant resources from the health care system and account for 2-4% of the healthcare budget. The total cost of slow-healing leg ulcers in Sweden was estimated to be 2.5 billion per year (2013). The costs are expected to rise in conjunction with an increase in the elderly and diabetic population. It is estimated that every fourth person in Sweden will be 65 years or older in 2030.

Our Solution – Dermicus Wound

Through close collaborations with Karolinska Hospital in Sweden, we have developed a digital decision support platform – Dermicus Wound. The product is used by healthcare personnel to facilitates diagnosis and proper treatment of patients with chronic wounds. The system includes a mobile application and a web platform for multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, clinical and scientific monitoring, and structured training of healthcare personnel.

Effects

Faster diagnosis and proper treatment of chronic wounds.

Reduction of unnecessary patient visits the Primary Care Centre and referrals to a Wound Specialist.

Effective management of patients with slow-healing wounds reduces the patient suffering and saves healthcare resources.

Increased knowledge and continuous education of health professionals to provide early proper treatment and reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics.