Projected global wound prevalence by wound types

MedMarket Diligence’s Report #S249, “Worldwide Wound Management, Forecast to 2020: Established and Emerging Products, Technologies and Markets in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Rest of World”, is currently available (order directly from link).

Products in wound management (current and potential) are targeted at wounds of a wide variety of types that present varying degrees of challenge to heal, require different types of clinical approaches and are growing at variable rates globally and in specific geographic areas.

The main types of wounds include the following:

  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Burn wounds (outpatient)
  • Burn wounds (medically treated)
  • Burn wounds (hospitalized)
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Amputations
  • Carcinomas
  • Melanomas
  • Complicated skin cancers

The most significant volume of wounds (and, in many cases, the easiest to address) are surgically created wounds for the purpose of addressing a disease state requiring surgical intervention.  Considered in the same category of these are trauma and the more minor lacerations, since there are no additional conditions that complicate the wound.  Below is illustrated the worldwide trend in these wound types.

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249.

Burn wounds represent another category of wound types with their own unique demands to be clinically addressed.  Medically treated wounds are the most prevalent, followed by those that can be treated on an outpatient basis. Depending upon the severity, there are a range of clinical and technology options. Below is their projected prevalence worldwide.


Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249.

Representing only modest numbers (by comparison to surgical/traumatic wounds), chronic wounds present the most challenging and high-cost type of wound to address clinically. (As an illustration of the challenge, clinician reported data on “time to heal” is usually left blank.) These wounds, due the potentially life-threatening challenges they present, as well as their inherently higher costs, are a major target of medical technology development.  Below is illustrated their global prevalence, which is noteworthy for the fact that, due to their correlation with a rapidly aging population, represent among the highest growth rates in prevalence among all wound types.


Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249.

The last group of wound types is various forms of cancer, whose treatment as “wounds” is overshadowed by their treatment as cancer.  Prevalence in cancer, particularly as a subset of wound types, is not projected to be growing at a high rate (annual growth rates are barely 3%). (Also included in this category is amputations, which may or may not be related to cancer, but raised similar clinical challenges.) Below is the projected worldwide prevalence of cancer-related and amputation wounds.


Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S249.


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