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Wound Monitoring #app

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Surgical Site Infections (SSIs),
. . . are the leading cause of hospital readmission,
. . . following an operation.

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
. . . have developed an experimental app known as
. . . "WoundCare".

In a test of the app,
. . . 40 vascular surgery patients were instructed,
. . . to regularly upload photos of their wound,
. . . answering a few onscreen questions regarding any symptoms,
. . . daily for 2 weeks.

Nurses reviewed each submission, detected
. . . 7 wound complications, and
. . . 1 false negative.

"We set out to come up with a protocol,
. . . where patients could become active participants in their care, and
. . . allow us to be in closer communication, and
. . . monitor their wounds after they leave the hospital.
This approach allows us to intervene at an earlier time,
. . . rather than waiting for patients to come back in,
. . . after the problem has already developed,
. . . past the point of being able to manage it,
. . . on an outpatient basis."

1-23-2018 Source:  Wound monitoring #app


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