Wound Care Articles and Insights
June 28, 2022

Wound Care by the Numbers

Kallie Christensen


The cost of diabetic limb complications is more than the cost of five of the most deadly cancers in the US

Barshes, Neal R., et al. “The System of Care for the Diabetic Foot: Objectives, Outcomes, and Opportunities.” Diabetic Foot & Ankle, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 2013, p. 21847, doi:10.3402/dfa.v4i0.21847.

8.2 million Medicare beneficiaries are affected by wounds in the US:

Sen, Chandan K. “Human Wounds and Its Burden: An Updated Compendium of Estimates.” Advances in Wound Care, vol. 8, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 39–48, doi:10.1089/wound.2019.0946.

85% of all amputations are due to ulcers:

Järbrink, Krister et al. “The humanistic and economic burden of chronic wounds: a protocol for a systematic review.” Systematic reviews vol. 6,1 15. 24 Jan. 2017, doi:10.1186/s13643-016-0400-8

Annual Medicare spending for all wounds cost up to $97 billion:

Nussbaum, Samuel R et al. “An Economic Evaluation of the Impact, Cost, and Medicare Policy Implications of Chronic Nonhealing Wounds.” Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research vol. 21,1 (2018): 27-32. doi:10.1016/j.jval.2017.07.007

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