Early Endovenous Intervention is Key
Treating patients with venous ulcers is not easy. It is important to not only treat the wound but also identify the cause – enabling your patients to live without the discomfort of these wounds.
Patients with less than 40% wound closure at four weeks are unlikely to achieve complete wound healing and may benefit from alternative or advanced interventions1.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 70% – 90% of all lower extremity ulcers are venous2,3
- 1 million people in the U.S. are affected by venous leg ulcers4
- More than half of venous ulcers treated are recurrent ulcerations5
Quality of Life
Due to pain, mobility limitations and other consequences, venous leg ulcers have been associated with increased rates of depression and substantial decreases in patient quality of life6-8.
Cost of Care
- Each year U.S. payers spend a combined $14.9 billion on managing venous leg ulcers3.
- A venous leg ulcer patient costs payers $6,000 – $7,000 more each year than a matched non-venous leg ulcer patient2.
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1. Howard M, Kimmel et al. An Evidence-Based Algorithm for Treating Venous Leg Ulcers Utilizing the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. WOUNDS 2013; 25(9):242-250.
2. Thomas F. O’Donnell Jr. et al. Management of venous leg ulcers; Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. J Vasc Surg 2014; 60:3S-59S.
3. Rice J (2014). Burden of venous leg ulcers in the United States. Journal of Medical Economics. 17(5), 347-356.
4. Internal data; Dymedex Study.
5. The Outpatient Wound Clinic Market 2013 Report and Analytics, Net Health Analytics (2010-2012 Claims Data).
6. Valencia IC, Falabella A, Kirsner RS, et al. Chronic venous insufficiency and venous leg ulceration. J Am Acad Dermatol 2001; 44:401-21.
7. Phillips T, Stanton B, Provan A, et al. A study of the impact of leg ulcers on quality of life: financial, social and psychologic implications. J Am Acad Dermatol 1994; 31:49-53.
8. Green J, Jester R. Health-related quality of life and chronic venous leg ulceration: part 1. Wound Care 2009; December: S12-S17.