Reducing Surgical Site Infections Using Telehealth Electronic Monitoring
Postprocedural telemonitoring has the potential to improve overall health, limit acute care use, and reduce healthcare costs associated with complications.
Telehealth monitoring will be provided by TeleMed 2020, Inc. (Indianapolis, Indiana) in the form of cloud-based software for remote patient monitoring. Registered nurses with >30 years of experience in vascular procedures will be trained in all aspects of the software and equipment for care of the THEM group. The SOC group will receive treatment from care managers. Primary outcomes are 30-day readmissions and deep surgical site infections, and secondary outcomes include pre- and postoperative quality of life measures, superficial SSIs, in-home visits by a nurse, and instances of 30-day stroke, myocardial infarction, or death. This study will be registered at ClinicalTrials.gov (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT02767011).
Current adherence to the Surgical Care Improvement Project in the United States has not yet demonstrated a direct connection to reduced SSIs, and this study hypothesizes that the use of THEM will reduce SSIs and lead to cost savings and greater patient satisfaction.
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