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.