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Adv Wound Care. 1999 Jun;12(5):264-9.

Use of telerehabilitation to manage pressure ulcers in persons with spinal cord injuries.

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TeleRehabilitation Program, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA, USA.


Pressure ulcers are a common and serious secondary complication of spinal cord injury. In addition to being costly and difficult to treat, pressure ulcers may interfere with many aspects of patient and family life, including the ability to meet educational, vocational, and social goals. Treatment of pressure ulcers includes weekly assessment by a clinician, a requirement that often is impossible for clients to meet. In an effort to improve outcomes in wound care treatment, a rehabilitation center undertook an exploratory project to determine whether wound care via telerehabilitation was a viable alternative to clinic visits. Telerehabilitation is the use of telecommunication technology to deliver rehabilitation services at a distance. Eight patients being followed in the outpatient clinic participated in the project. The Picasso Still-Image Videophone was used to capture and send images from the patients' homes to the clinic. Findings from the exploratory study demonstrated that pressure ulcers can be successfully managed via telerehabilitation.

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