New cost benefit analysis reports NHS chronic wound care costs can be reduced by use of haemoglobin spray
- New report shows Granulox® (Mölnlycke), an innovative topical haemoglobin spray, is a cost-effective therapy in chronic wound care management as adjunct to standard care1
- Granulox pays for itself in eight weeks due to reduced healing time and subsequent reduced usage for consumables1.
- Granulox was shown to heal 90% of wounds treated after 20 weeks of use1
- In contrast, over a period of six months, only 48% of chronic wound patients healed with standard care alone1
17 December, Gothenburg, Sweden
A controlled evaluation of 100 UK National Health Service (NHS) patients has demonstrated savings in chronic wound care costs with the use of Granulox®, a haemoglobin spray that binds oxygen from the atmosphere and facilitates its diffusion to the wound bed (used as adjunct to standard wound care therapy). The analysis highlighted that Granulox pays
for itself in terms of cost-savings as soon as eight weeks into treatment based on reduced healing times and therefore reduced need for consumables.
The evaluation ‘Cost-effectiveness of adjunct haemoglobin spray in the treatment of hard-to-heal wounds in a UK NHS primary care setting’ has been published in the Journal of Wound Care.1
The evaluation followed 50 consecutive patients treated with Granulox as an adjunct to standard care (intervention group – dressing changes completed by patient and/or carer) over 26 weeks, and compared their wound healing process against 50 consecutive retrospective controls treated with standard care only (control group – dressing changes completed by healthcare professionals), in the same clinic, in the year before the introduction of Granulox. Patients in the intervention group received Granulox application with each dressing change and in line with the manufacturer’s instruction for use. Cost savings were calculated against actual costs of consumables.
In the evaluation, the hard-to-heal wounds included pressure ulcers, leg ulcers or diabetic foot ulcers, as well as burns, surgical and trauma wounds that had failed to heal normally.
A cost-effectiveness and break-even analysis of the clinical results demonstrated that at eight weeks enough dressing costs are saved to pay for treatment with Granulox, making it a cost effective solution in chronic wound care management (before calculating the benefit of reduced cost of clinician time saving). There was an average saving of £82 on dressings per patient at 26 weeks. At break-even point, the cost of dressings for patients treated with Granulox was £140 compared to £221 for patients treated in the control group.
'The impact of non-healing wounds on a patient’s quality of life can be devastating,' said Duncan Stang, MCPod FCPodMed, FFPM RCPS (Glasg), Podiatrist and National Diabetes Foot Coordinator for Scotland. 'The ability to help these patients without a financial burden to the NHS, and in fact demonstrated cost savings, is an invaluable opportunity. The analysis does demonstrate cost-effectiveness – which is excellent – and what is also really interesting about this work is the reduced healing times: benefitting patients and of course healthcare teams who are working in an ever-stretched NHS, particularly in wound care.'
At 20 weeks, 90% of wounds treated with Granulox healed. The analysis calculated that for Granulox to pay for itself it would need to be effective on 72% of patients. Without the haemoglobin spray, in the control group, half of the patients were still not healed in over six months.