HumanInsight Implementation of a perioperative care App in elective thoracic surgery
Cir Esp (Engl Ed). 2022 Sep 12:S2173-5077(22)00363-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cireng.2022.09.022. Online ahead of print.
INTRODUCTION: The design and implementation inconsistency of perioperative care programs limits their universalization, and it is where e-Health can standardize these processes. The objective of the study is to create a Smartphone App with a perioperative care program, implement it in a group of patients scheduled for a thoracic surgical procedure, and evaluates its use.
METHODS: A prospective and descriptive study. We created a Smartphone app (Fissios App) which contains 40 perioperative recommendations and 10 chest physical exercises. Patients were recommended to use it before and after surgery; to measure its use, we created and applied a questionnaire. A descriptive analysis of patient variables and questionnaire responses was performed and their association evaluated.
RESULTS: One hundred four patients were included, 60.3% were men with a median age of 62 years (51-71), and 26.72% had completed high school. The 89.3% of patients highlighted the ease of downloading and setting up the app. More than 90% of patients positively assessed clarity in explaining chest physical exercises and perioperative recommendations. One hundred four (79.4%) patients highlighted the contribution of the use of the app during the preoperative period to face the postoperative period.
CONCLUSIONS: We created a Smartphone app (Fissios App) with a perioperative care program and it was successfully implemented regardless of the age or educational level of patients. The tool clearly explains the information contained and the patients reported that its use before surgery helped them to face the postoperative period, with an appropriate level of physical demand and time of use.
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