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Int J Low Extrem Wounds. 2016 Dec;15(4):344-353. doi: 10.1177/1534734616678522. Epub 2016 Nov 23.

A Mobile Application for Wound Assessment and Treatment: Findings of a User Trial.

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1 The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
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2 Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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3 Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan, Korea.
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4 Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
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5 Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
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6 Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
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7 Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea.
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8 Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
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9 Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

The D+Wound Solution is a mobile phone application (app) that assists users in the assessment and treatment of the wound. The app has 6 components for assessment: need for debridement, infection control, revascularization, and exudate control; whether it is chronic; and finally, the top surface of the skin. These components are named D.I.R.E.C.T. The app makes you review these components as an algorithm to provide a reasonable solution for dressing. It is designed to understand the status of the wound and provide a practical treatment idea for wound care providers. A total of 118 nurses were divided into 2 groups, designated as experienced and less-experienced groups, and surveyed. Both groups found the app to be helpful in making a treatment plan. However, the less-experienced group found it to be significantly more useful in assessing the wound ( P = .026) but difficult to understand the logic. The experienced group found the logic to be significantly easier to understand ( P = .018) and had significantly higher similarities ( P = .015) in treatment protocols compared with the less-experienced group. We may conclude that this app has a logical algorithm resembling experienced wound caregivers and is more useful in the less-experienced group.

KEYWORDS:

mobile app; smartphone; wound assessment; wound assessment algorithm

PMID:
27881691
DOI:
10.1177/1534734616678522
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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