The global wound care market is expected to reach $20.4billion by 2021, growing at rate of 3.6%. The ageing population, government funding for development of wound care products, increasing incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, and a growing obese population are driving the market. Care and treatment of wounds currently costs the NHS over £6 billion per year.
New technologies are being developed to diagnose the condition of a wound and enable treatments to be better identified at an early stage. Other work is focusing on improving the quality of life for people with chronic wounds, dressings which improve health and stimulate wound healing, and also help with the reduction and management of associated pain.
In the Leeds City Region, the University of Huddersfield hosts the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention. The Institute uniquely works to promote a fully integrated, complete and coordinated applied science approach to clinical practice. It is well-known for its ‘bench to bedside’ ethos, which works to improve and benefit clinical practice areas, thereby improving the quality of life for patients and their carers, improving healthcare efficiency, and ultimately providing cost-effective healthcare resulting in considerable care cost savings.
The Region also hosts the NIHR WoundTec HTC from Bradford Royal Infirmary – a national strategic partnership between recognised centres of excellence in wound care, bringing together clinicians, patients, carers, industry, academics and charities. The Centre aims to transform the provision of wound care and wound prevention services, as well as assisting the identification, development and introduction of new technologies for patient benefit.
Our partner universities have extensive capabilities and expertise in this area, including:
- Wound care and management
- Infection control
- Dressings, smart materials, and polymers
- Skin science and tissue engineering
- Pain management
- Smart sensors
- 2D/3D imaging and analysis
- 3D modelling
- Regenerative devices
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