Management of leg and pressure ulcer in hospitalized patients: direct costs are lower than expected

Ojan Assadian, Joseph S. Oswald, Rainer Leisten, Peter Hinz, Georg Daeschlein & Axel Kramer
Background: In Germany, cost calculations on the financial burden of wound treatment are scarce. Studies for attributable costs in hospitalized patients estimate for pressure ulcer additional costs of € 6,135.50 per patient, a calculation based on the assumption that pressure ulcers will lead to prolonged hospitalization averaging 2 months. The scant data available in this field prompted us to conduct a prospective economical study assessing the direct costs of treatment of chronic ulcers in hospitalized...