Margaret Grauers, dermatology nurse and lecturer. Photo: Private

Chronic wounds a rising problem

Published: 22 September 2014

Sweden's population is increasing, and diabetes is becoming more common. This means that chronic wounds are becoming more common. Pain and impaired quality of life is experienced by patients. I also requires a lot of resources and high cost of treatment. The interest for more knowledge is great throughout the county. It shows the number of applications to the lecture chronic wounds.

Chronic wounds including leg ulcers, foot ulcers and pressure ulcers, and requires more and more resources. In the autumn came the Swedish Council on Technology Assessment, SBU, with a report stating that the incidence and costs will rise.

Great interest from counties and municipalities

Luleå University of Technology is aware of the problem and the students have previously taken part of lectures on chronic wounds. The lectures have been very popular. Margaret Grauers, dermatology nurse and lecturer on wounds and wound healing from Stockholm, has lectured for several years at the university.

On September 25, she is back and this time the counties and municipalities in the county have been invited. The interest is greater than expected and more than 40 participants from all over the county have signed up. Also about 20 nurses takes part of the lecture.
- It is important that there is a diagnosis of what kind of wounds it is so the nurses know how to address it. A simple sore can become a difficult wound if the work is not done structured. I the wound is hard to heal, we have to, with the right pain management, ensure that the patients are not in pain. We want to give them a life of dignity, says Margareta Grauers.


Great suffering

During the lecture the diagnoses are highlighted. Visitors also get knowledge of compression therapy, pain healing and inhibiting factors.
- It is important that students gain knowledge of chronic wounds during hte education. We were pleasantly surprised at the great interest out in the field. This proves that chronic wounds are a major problem and that the treatment and care in the county can get better, says organizer Gunhild Glanberg Persson, Lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences.

She has worked as a district nurse. Some of her patients needed treatment that took a whole morning, repeated 2-3 times a week.
- The patient is doing poorly. It's very painful and they think that they smell bad and do not want to go to the store, for example. The suffering and the costs are very large, continues Gunhild.