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Description and Utilization of Telewound Monitoring Services in Primary Care Patients with Acute Wounds in Singapore: A Retrospective Study.

PMID: 36125454 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1097/01.asw.0000855740.66588.17 (read at publisher's website )

Xiaoli Zhu, Barnabas Felix Soh Jia Ren, Voon Hooi Lim, Lili Wan, Yan Chen, Xiuhong Wang, Jiayi Weng, Ling Jia Goh,

<h4>Objective</h4>To describe an inaugural telewound monitoring service (TMS) designed for the remote monitoring of acute wounds to empower primary care patients, and identify factors associated with the utilization of the TMS.<h4>Methods</h4>Retrospective data were collected from 204 patients who participated in the TMS between June 19, 2016 and August 31, 2017 and analyzed using both descriptive and multiple regression analysis.<h4>Results</h4>The mean patient age was 27.9 years (SD, 12.4); wound area was 7.8 cm2 (SD, 21.2); and duration of healing was 11.7 days (SD, 6.9). A multiple regression model based on patients' demographics and wound factors predicted which patients were likely to have more telewound sessions than face-to-face sessions. The model was statistically significant (F = 2.093 (11, 124), P = .025) with 15.7% of variance explained by the variables. An increase in age (P = .043) and increased days to healing (P = .043) were associated with a reduction in the number of telewound sessions.<h4>Conclusions</h4>The TMS is a valuable alternative to face-to-face wound care that enables patients with acute wounds to assume the roles of both patient and carer simultaneously. Age and healing duration are predictors for utilization of this service. Prompt attention to these predictors may improve service allocation and utilization.

Adv Skin Wound Care (Advances in skin & wound care)
[2022, 35(10):544-549]

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