Wearables Explored for Post-Op Patient Management After Hospital Discharge – Consumer Health News


THURSDAY, Dec. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — According to a study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.

Samuel C. Linton, of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues assessed whether the availability of wearable data, during simulated phone calls to postoperative and post-discharge pediatric patients, affected decision making. decision of 24 pediatric surgical clinicians (i.e. surgeons, general surgery residents, and inpatient and outpatient advanced practice nurses). Three phone call scenarios were presented to clinicians: Scenarios A and C have patients with worrisome symptoms, and Scenario B has a patient with non-worrisome symptoms. Each scenario was presented to clinicians with no wearable data, with “concerning” wearable data, and with “reassuring” wearable data. Clinicians used a scale of 1 to 10 to rate the increasing likelihood of recommending an emergency room visit for each version of the three scenarios.

The researchers found that when presented with “reassuring” wearable data, clinicians’ likelihood of recommending an ER visit decreases from a median score of 6 to 1 for scenario A and 9 to 3 for scenario C. “portable data, the median score for recommending an ER visit increased from 1 to 6 for scenario B.

“This study has shown that wearable data affects clinicians’ decision-making and may be useful in the triage of postoperative and post-discharge pediatric patients,” the authors write.

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