Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH) is enhancing post-surgical wound care in partnership with Isla.
LHCH is rolling out Isla across its surgical wards after a three-month pilot of the platform which improved the quality of information provided to patients at discharge, enabled better monitoring of patients, reduced reliance on manual processes and supported surgical site surveillance.
This new dynamic approach to post-surgical care includes taking photos at discharge and wound assessment follow-up 15 and 30 days later.
Clinicians involved in the pilot said that using Isla in wound care and post-surgical care improved patients’ outcomes and experiences.
“After completing a successful pilot study of Isla to support photo at discharge, we are excited about the potential of Isla across post-surgical care,” said Julie Tyrer, Tissue Viability Nurse Consultant at LHCH. “Photo at discharge supports earlier detection of possible surgical site infections, which can help reduce the severity and duration of infection and prevent hospital readmissions. We can now see potential for Isla to be used for proactive real-time surgical wound surveillance, identifying patients who may have infected wounds or other wound healing problems. We will be able to offer patients timely review, remote or face to face, and appropriate advice or treatment. This can get patients’ wounds moving in the right direction, avoiding other wound complications in the future. We believe Isla will improve the quality of information about wound care which is provided to patients at discharge. It will allow us to promote better outcomes and experiences for patients.”
The roll-out of the Isla platform will focus on infection prevention as part of a structured approach to discharging patients from surgical wards. The Isla platform will capture a photo of a patient’s wound at discharge and patients will be provided with advice to facilitate their recovery. Throughout post-surgical recovery, patients can submit photos of their wounds alongside wound assessment forms securely and conveniently. This enables the wound management team at LHCH to identify signs of infection early when the chances of successful intervention are at their highest. Patients are also requested to submit a photo of their surgical sites and complete a wound assessment form 30 days after surgery.
The concept of ‘Photo at Discharge’ has been shown to support earlier detection of potential SSIs, which can reduce the severity and duration of infection and prevent hospital readmissions (Rochon, M, et al; 2018).