Use of digital images in the assessment and treatment of pressure ulcers in patients with spinal injuries in community settings.

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dc.contributor.author Sarhan, Firas
dc.contributor.author Weatherburn, G
dc.contributor.author Graham, A
dc.contributor.author Thiyagarajan, C
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-10T12:48:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-10T12:48:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/710
dc.description.abstract Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare 2010, 16, p.p. 207-210 We conducted a retrospective review of the digital images in the clinical records of 50 patients with pressure ulcers. Ten nurses independently assessed one image from each patient. There was a total of 414 responses from the nurses about the stage and location of the ulcers (83% response rate). The average agreement about the stage and location of the ulcers was 85%. The overall agreement declined as the stage of the ulcer increased. The average agreement regarding the wound descriptors was: necrosis 85%, granulation tissue 81%, ischaemia 83%, cellulitis /infection 69%, erythema 68%. Almost all nurses felt the need to change the current management of the wound (460 responses, or 92%). The nurses judged that most digital images were of good quality (17%) or very good quality (79%). The present study suggests that a high percentage of assessments for patients currently travelling to specialist clinics could be performed in the community using digital images and telemedicine. en_US
dc.subject Community settings en_US
dc.subject Patients en_US
dc.subject Assessment and treatment en_US
dc.subject Digital images en_US
dc.subject Spinal injuries en_US
dc.subject Pressure ulcers en_US
dc.title Use of digital images in the assessment and treatment of pressure ulcers in patients with spinal injuries in community settings. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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