Telemonitoring of diabetic foot ulcers being managed in the outpatient setting
In this paper the authors describe a mobile, patient-operated device that allows the clinician to remotely monitor wounds. This device has a number of potential applications in the community-based management of diabetic foot ulceration.
Wound assessment and monitoring is an important element of managing diabetic foot ulcers, however wounds managed in the outpatient setting are assessed by the clinician less frequently than those among inpatients. This leaves the outpatient exposed to lengthier periods of ineffective treatment and the possibility of undetected life- and limb-threatening wound deterioration between clinic appointments.