‘While there might be numerous ways in which the outcomes following surgery can be evaluated, two key requirements come to mind. Firstly, how the patient feels about the outcome should be the paramount consideration, but, a close second, the quality of the data on which any clinical assessment is based should be as good as possible. As well as involving the patient more in their own recovery following a trauma or surgery, better standards of evaluation will lead to better outcomes which, in turn, will help a service such as the UK National Health Service (NHS) to learn and improve its procedures. That has multiple benefits for the patient and for the service, which should see shorter patient time in hospital after a trauma or surgery and less likelihood of a return because a well-monitored recovery is less likely to go wrong.’
The Report includes an article about BPMpathway entitled, ‘BPMpathway – A New Dimension in Remote Patient Monitoring in the Critical Weeks After Orthopaedic Surgery’, which describes how, with BPMpathway medical-grade technology, orthopaedic patients are being discharged as early as the day of their surgery, with clinicians continuing to monitor remotely their recovery on a daily basis.
About the author: John Hancock has been a journalist for nearly 30 years and has written and edited articles, papers and books on a range of medical, management and technology topics. Subjects have included management of long-term conditions, elective and non-elective surgery, Schizophrenia, health risks of travel, local health management and NHS management and reforms – including recent changes and the fall-out from them.