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Implementation and design of a postoperative follow-up application

Veldhuis, Anouk (2020) Implementation and design of a postoperative follow-up application.

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Abstract:As patients spend increasing amounts of postoperative recovery time at home new methods of follow-up are needed to prevent complications to go by unnoticed. The project goal was to implement and design a postoperative follow-up application. The first phases of the CeHRes Roadmap were used to inquire the context through identifying important stakeholders and performing field observations for surgical care processes; specify values by conducting literature reviews into symptoms of surgical site infection, early warning score systems and postoperative monitoring applications, and interviews about complications, prospected users and care process changes; and collect design requirements through interviews about usability and functionality preferences and allocation of patients with complications. Symptoms for infection from literature and interviews are pain, fever and divergent wound appearance. Patient assessment should be done through a modified early warning score. Similar applications contain photograph functions, questionnaires or free-text-messaging. Care providers rely on automated systems to assess patients and mitigate workload, opposed to patients expecting physician involvement. Sufficient training and provision of information for care providers and patients before and during implementation are essential. The overall attitude towards and necessity of postoperative monitoring applications is eminent. Stakeholder involvement during design and implementation is crucial for success.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Streekziekenhuis Koningin Beatrix, Winterswijk, Nederland
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine, 54 computer science
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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