Patient Education at Dismissal After Surgical Procedure

    Not Recruiting
  • End date
    Jun 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Mayo Clinic
Updated on 19 August 2022


Can improvements in patient dismissal education materials reduce incidence of wound non-healing and infection.


The investigators seek to address the specific educational needs of patients and caregivers with low-literacy, dyslexia and related learning disabilities in the context of properly performing wound care for patients with surgical wounds. Specific aims include both improving care by decreasing wound complications and improving patient satisfaction by using techniques designed for this population. Objectives include utilizing surveys to determine the incidence of dyslexia among the patients' and caregivers' within the general surgery service as well as the perception of our current educational offerings, to design a new dismissal package with enhanced educational offerings, to re-measure this effect on the patient experience with survey data, and to compare wound infection rates before and after implementing the new curriculum. Dyslexia and associated learning disabilities are common and likely impact the health literacy among this population due to the ubiquitous literacy-based documentation of hospital course and dismissal instructions. Adults with dyslexia may be reluctant to disclose any inability to understand written instructions. There is currently no mechanism within the dismissal system to specifically identify and address the unique needs of this population. The impact on clinical outcomes of proper wound packing is substantial, and if performed incorrectly can lead to slow wound healing and infections that often require readmission, multiple courses of antibiotics, and reoperation. In severe cases, improper wound care can lead to severe infection, sepsis, and death. By enhancing the educational offerings of proper wound care to this population, the investigators hope to reduce these complications.

Condition Wound Infection Post-Traumatic, Wound Infection, Wound Complication, Wound Breakdown, Wound Open
Treatment Enhanced Education
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03815500
SponsorMayo Clinic
Last Modified on19 August 2022

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