Vital Signs - Demand Rising for Better Tissue Assessment Tools to Battle Burden of Chronic Wounds
Chronic wounds are a significant burden to the US healthcare system, effecting more than 6 million people and adding more than $20 billion in costs to the healthcare system annually. Most chronic wounds are due to venous conditions, like chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease, or complications from diabetes. Chronic wounds need sufficient oxygen and nutrition to heal, but clinicians often lack the tools to provide them with a clear, quantitative assessment of tissue perfusion and oxygenation. Technology that can improve the diagnosis and tracking of these measurements can help clinicians determine how aggressive their treatments need to be and potentially avoid amputations and other serious complications.
The increasing burden of chronic wounds has led to a rising demand for better tissue oxygenation and perfusion assessment tools to help clinicians plan their treatments and avoid amputations and other serious complications. The following article presents a detailed assessment of the available technologies in this field, and discusses the attributes that clinicians are looking for in a next-generation tissue assessment tool.