Prevalence and assessment of (infected) chronic wounds

A.A.L.M. Rondas

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Rondas has examined the prevalence of chronic wounds in Dutch nursing homes. More than four in hundred nursing home residents have at least one difficult-to-heal wound. Nearly half of these wounds were bedsores (decubitus). Fewer than 25% of all chronic wounds were assessed as being infected.
Rondas’ research showed that collecting wound tissue by using a cotton swab for microbiological examination (a wound swab) is a waste of time and money. Treatment in the primary health care Kenniscentrum Wondbehandeling wound expertise centre in Venray proved not only therapeutically effective (nearly two-thirds of the patients make a full recovery), but also cost effective.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Schols, Jos, Supervisor
  • Halfens, Ruud, Co-Supervisor
  • Stobberingh, Ellen, Co-Supervisor
Award date22 Jan 2016
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789090294605
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • chronic wounds
  • clinical assessment
  • cost analysis

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