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The hidden epidemic hurting 420,000 Aussies a year

The past week has been Wound Awareness Week.

The problem of wounds in Australia has been called a hidden epidemic with an approximate 420,000 Australians suffering from chronic wounds, estimated to cost them each more than $4000 a year to treat – nationally that’s more than $3 billion annually.

In addition to these financial costs, chronic wounds can be incredibly debilitating and painful, impacting a person’s health, finances and quality of life.

Hard to heal wounds require a thorough patient and wound assessment by a trained specialist.

Melissa Ward is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Sydney Adventist Hospital’s dedicated Wound Care Clinic.

For more information see  https://www.sah.org.au/wound-care

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