Remote assessment and monitoring with advanced wound therapy to optimise clinical outcomes, access and resources

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Citation:

Lee A, Woodmansey E, Klopfenstein B, et al. (2024) Remote assessment and monitoring with advanced wound therapy to optimise clinical outcomes, access and resources. J Wound Care, 33(2):90-101.

Objective:

Patients in rural communities may have limited access to wound care; however, this may be mitigated by using a shared care approach. This study assessed the impact of a remote assessment and monitoring tool in combination with adjunctive continuous topical oxygen therapy (cTOT) in patients with diabetes and hard-to-heal wounds.


Method:

Patients with hard-to-heal wounds (defined as no visible improvement in the previous four weeks) were enrolled to this 12-week pilot study to validate a shared care approach using an Advanced Digital Wound Care Platform-telehealth (ADWCPt) system (eKare Inc., US) coupled with cTOT. Patient and wound assessments were reviewed by the clinician either remotely, via telehealth calls, or at the clinic, and the number of face-to-face clinic visits was recorded. Patient health status scores were captured before and after the study, along with feedback on usability of the remote platform and cTOT device.

Results:

Results graph showing 90% average wound reduction, 54% more clinical interactions, and 25% less clinical time spent.


The wounds in all eight patients studied reduced in size over 12 weeks (mean percentage area reduction 92.0%), and two wounds were completely re-epithelialised. Another wound almost healed (99.2% wound area reduction). Clinical interactions consisted of self-assessment (n=80, 50.0%), video assessments with the clinician (n=27, 16.9%), and face-to-face interactions in clinic (n=53, 33.1%). Operational efficiencies encompassed a 54.0% increase in the number of clinical interactions, whereas clinical time was reduced by 25.8%. Health status scores improved across all eight patients and feedback on the shared approach and cTOT device was favourable.

Conclusion:

A shared care model with ADWCPt coupled with an innovative cTOT device saved time and resources, improving patient access and engagement, along with a marked improvement in the wound healing trajectory.