Venous Ulcers

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

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  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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References:

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.