August 22, 2014
Participants who received electronic reminders were more likely to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen known to help reduce surgical-site infection risk, according to study results published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
“In general, getting patients to comply with this preadmission cleansing strategy is a challenge throughout health care,” study author Charles E. Edmiston, PhD, a professor of surgery and hospital epidemiologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, said in a press release. “While patients want to be compliant, they will often forget to fulfill this preadmission requirement. So, that’s why we looked to new technology for a solution.”