Preoperative telemedicine evaluation of surgical mission patients: should we use it routinely?

Rifat Latifi, Francisco Mora, Flamur Bekteshi, Renato Rivera

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Abstract

Low-cost telemedicine is a viable and secure tool for preoperative evaluation of surgical mission patients. It increases efficiency and optimizes the use of existing resources. More specifically, it helps ensure an accurate assessment of patients before the surgical team arrives, reduces on-site prescreening time, and decreases the number of surgical candidates on the waiting list. Routine use of telemedicine in surgical missions most likely would reduce preoperative times and the number of operations canceled at the last minute. Moreover, it may be effectively used for long-term follow-up care, including the management of any postoperative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalUnknown Journal
Volume99
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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