Journal Article

Treating Acute Infections by Telemedicine in the Home

Lawrence Eron, Paula King, Michelle Marineau and Cyndee Yonehara

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 39, issue 8, pages 1175-1181
Published in print October 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/424671
Treating Acute Infections by Telemedicine in the Home

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Patients with community-acquired pneumonia, cellulitis, or urinary tract infection may be treated either in the hospital or as outpatients, depending on the severity of their disease, comorbidities, and Karnofsky performance status. To more efficiently use hospital beds, we discharge many moderately to severely ill patients with acute infections directly from the emergency department or early in the course of hospitalization. To insure satisfactory clinical outcomes, we use telemedicine in the home to monitor patients who would normally be hospitalized. Patients treated with telemedicine have satisfactory clinical outcomes, and their recovery appears to be more rapid than comparable hospitalized patients. Telemedicine in the home results in considerable savings by averting or shortening hospital stays.

Journal Article.  3496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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