Compromised Wounds in Canada – Canadian Institute for Health Information – 29 August 2013

Posted on August 30, 2013. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Diabetes | Tags: , , |

Compromised Wounds in Canada – Canadian Institute for Health Information – 29 August 2013

“People with diabetes admitted to hospitals are nearly six times more likely than other patients to have wounds that don’t heal properly, reports the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

In fact, diabetes doubles the risk of infections after operations and makes patients nearly 40 times more likely than other patients to develop wounds due to poor blood circulation.

This chronic illness was linked to more than 2,000 foot amputations in 2011–2012, many of which could have been avoided if proper wound care management and prevention had been in place.

CIHI’s unique study looked at persistent or “compromised” wounds—not only those infected or otherwise not healing, but also bed sores—among Canadians in hospitals, receiving home care and in long-term care during that same period.

“Compromised wounds are a burden to our health system,” said Kathleen Morris, CIHI’s Director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues. “They can be extremely painful and cause mobility problems and distress for patients.”

While any Canadian can be subject to a poorly healing wound, Compromised Wounds in Canada highlights the increased risks associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. It also reveals clear opportunities to reduce the frequency of occurrence.”

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