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Comparison of in-person and digital photograph assessment of stage III and IV pressure ulcers among veterans with spinal cord injuries

Darcey D. Terris, PhD, et al.


Figure 2. Study design comparing pressure ulcer assessment by two wound-care nurses using in-person and digital photograph-based evaluation. *Results for intrarater comparison were aggregated across both nurses. Conversely, results for intramethod comparison were reported separately for in-person and digital photograph assessments.

Veterans with spinal cord injuries who develop serious pressure ulcers are now treated over several months in hospital. To reduce costs and allow treatment at home, visiting nurses can take digital photographs of the wounds and use them to monitor treatment. In our study, one nurse used digital photographs of pressure ulcers to evaluate wound characteristics, while another nurse looked directly at the wounds. Using the two methods (photograph and in-person), the nurses agreed on 50% of the wound characteristics. This level of agreement was the same as when both nurses, during their assessments, looked directly at the wounds.

Volume 48 Number 3, 2011
   Pages 215 — 224


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Terris DD, Woo C, Jarczok MN, Ho CH. Comparison of in-person and digital photograph assessment of stage III and IV pressure ulcers among veterans with spinal cord injuries. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(3):215-24.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.03.0036
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