Surgery is often a confusing and overwhelming process for patients. Patients are learning complex pre- and post-surgery instructions, managing anxiety and dealing with stress – often for the first time.
Providers often feel as if they are sending patients into a blackhole, especially after discharge.
Although providers hope for patients to have a straightforward recovery, the reality is that:
These challenges are heightened during COVID-19 as hospitals face bed capacity issues and are under pressure to decrease the surgical backlog and discharge surgical patients sooner - all while considering patient safety.
Surgical Remote Monitoring represents a scalable way for providers to stay connected with patients pre and post-operatively, thereby increasing confidence for earlier discharge and improving patient safety across the surgical experience.
Many hospitals have successfully implemented Surgical Remote Monitoring with excellent results, including:
In this white paper, we will walk you through the nuts and bolts of implementing a Surgical Remote Monitoring program to achieve similar results to the organizations above.
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