Table 1: Grading score.

Group

Characteristics

1

Wounds with a healing rate of maximum six weeks or a healing rate with a minimum of 15% per week, treated by the homecare wound nurses or GP.A superficial debridement was performed if deemed necessary.

2a

Patients were triaged by a wound physician: Wounds with a healing rate less than 15% per week Advice was given to the GP or wound nurse. A more extensive debridement was performed if necessary.

2b

Patients were triaged by a wound physician and referred to AWC: Wounds with a healing time less than 15% per week and underlying pathology was suspected

3

Acute referral to AWC: Patients who need acute (wound) care or assessment at a hospital.

4

All patients who have been referred to the hospital for diagnosis and possible intervention.

GP: General practioner; AWC: Alrijne Wound Centre.