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Feasibility of a Mobile Phone-Based Surveillance for Surgical Site Infections in Rural India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH). Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Global Hlth IHCAR, S-17177 Stockholm, Sweden.;Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Med Coll, Dept Paediat, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India..
Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Med Coll, Dept Surg, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India..
Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Global Hlth IHCAR, S-17177 Stockholm, Sweden.;Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Med Coll, Dept Pharmacol, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India..
Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Med Coll, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India..
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2015 (English)In: Telemedicine journal and e-health, ISSN 1530-5627, E-ISSN 1556-3669, Vol. 21, no 11, 946-949 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To assess the feasibility of using mobile communication technology in completing a 30-day follow-up of surgical site infection (SSI). Subjects and Methods: SSIs are infections occurring up to 30 days after an operative procedure. This prospective exploratory study was conducted in a cohort of patients who were admitted and operated on in the general surgery wards of a rural hospital in India from October 2010 to June 2011. At the time of discharge, all patients were requested to follow-up in the surgical outpatient clinic at 30 days after surgery. If this was not done, a mobile phone-based surveillance was done to complete the follow-up. Results: The mean age of the 536 operated-on patients was 40 years (95% confidence interval [CI], 38-41 years). The mean duration of hospital stay was 10.7 days (95% CI, 9.9-11.6 days). Most (81%) operated-on patients were from rural areas, and 397 (75%) were male. Among the operated-on patients the ownership of mobile phones was 75% (95% CI, 73-78%). The remaining 25% of patients (n = 133) used a shared mobile phone. For 380 patients (74.5%) the follow-up was completed by mobile phones. The SSI rate at follow-up was 6.3% (n=34). In 10 patients, an SSI was detected over the mobile phone. Conclusions: Mobile communication technology is feasible to be used in rural settings to complete case follow-up for SSIs.

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2015. Vol. 21, no 11, 946-949 p.
Keyword [en]
surgical site infections, surveillance, mobile phones, rural, India
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268424DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0199ISI: 000364287400012PubMedID: 25748641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268424DiVA: diva2:876734
Available from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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