‘WhatsApp’ as an adjunct to home based pin tract care: a case report

Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu, Irfan Khan

Abstract


Mobile based technology can be a cheap and handy adjunct to a home based programme for managing pin tract care in chronic orthopaedic cases. The text message and image based mobile platforms may serve as an evaluation tool relieving patient of agony of long and painful commutes on simple health issues like wound dressings. A case report depicting versatility of the idea with regard to its efficacy in clinical scenario is presented here.


Keywords


External fixation, Mobile applications, Wound infection

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