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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