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GONZALEZ DE LA TORRE, Héctor; VERDU SORIANO, José; GARCIA FERNANDEZ, Francisco Pedro  and  SOLDEVILLA AGREDA, Javier. First Census of units of chronic wounds in Spain. Gerokomos [online]. 2017, vol.28, n.3, pp.142-150. ISSN 1134-928X.


Despite the growing interest in wound care units as an organizational model for the provision of services to people with chronic wounds, we do not have information about the number, distribution, functioning and characteristics of these structures in Spain.


To identify the units of specialized care of chronic wounds in our country and to carry out the first census of these.


Observational study of a descriptive cross-sectional type. A non - probabilistic sampling system was made up of three sampling steps. A questionnaire specifically designed for this purpose (CVI-Total for Pertinence = 0.96 and CVI-Total for Relevance = 0.94) was used to obtain dates, which included the collection of information on: Name, Location, Year of creation, Agency responsible and Scope of the units.


A total of 75 possible candidate units were detected in the three sampling stages. 44 units were recruited for the study, although 2 units had to be retired. Finally, a total of 42 units were included in the first census of wound units in Spain.


The number of wound units in Spain is low, with a great disparity with respect to their geographical distribution by regions. In addition, these structures are subject to many changes. This leads to the disappearance and appearance of wounded units relatively quickly, although it seems to be an increasingly accepted organizational system in Spain, with an increasing number of these organizational structures in our country.

Keywords : wound care units; wound healing; health organization.

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