Prevalencia de la heridas crónicas en una comarca de la provincia de Barcelona

  • Ferrer-Solà M
  • Chirveches-Pérez E
  • Molist-Señé G
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Objectives: To determine the prevalence of chronic wounds in patients in a specific region and their distribution according to health resources. To classify wound typologies and the treatment provided. To examine the use of risk assessment scales and preventive measures. Method: A cross sectional study was performed between June 2 and 8, 2004 that included all the health centers of the distinct health areas of Osona County (Barcelona), with a population of 128,309 persons aged more than 14 years. Data were collected on patients diagnosed with chronic wounds and on the characteristics of these wounds. Results: We studied 251 patients with a mean age of 77.5 years. A total of 377 chronic wounds were identified and there were 168 pressure ulcers. The prevalence of chronic wounds was 0.29% and that of pressure ulcers was 0.13%. The proportion of patients with lower limb ulcers was significantly higher in primary care than in acute and geriatric care (p

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  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Health management
  • Leg ulcer
  • Pressure ulcer
  • Prevalence

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