MyWoundDoctor completed a pilot in a community-based Nashville hospital to measure the efficacy of using telehealth-supported clinical review of hospitalized patients to address surgical site infections (SSIs) and hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. At this particular tertiary referral center, the hospital’s SSI rate was 9.8%. Hospital data estimated the cost of an SSI at its institution ranged between $10,000 and $40,000 per occurrence in uncompensated care. This figure was from 2010 data and did not include re-admission penalties.
The hospital pilot included the following cases:
- 6 inpatients Identified with wounds for the pilot:
- 5 patients with SSI’s
- 1 patient with an acquired pressure ulcer from the hospital stay
- Efficacy: The results were 100%
- No Readmissions
- No Hospital Care (inpatient or outpatient) after primary discharge by MyWoundDoctor
The conservative estimate of cost savings for the hospital was in excess of $135,000 in avoided hospital care expenses.