A study of patients at the Wound Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada demonstrates the accuracy and reliability of Swift Skin and Wound across users with varying degrees of wound care knowledge, clinically validating the app as a medical device.
The results of the study were published on August 17, 2017 in PLOS ONE, a high-impact scientific journal with a focus on rigorous and transparent peer reviews of scientific research. Dr. Sheila Wang, Swift chief medical officer, led the study and co-authored the published article: “Point-of-care wound visioning technology: Reproducibility and accuracy of a wound measurement app.”
In the study, three wound care experts measured the wounds of 45 patients using Swift Skin and Wound while another two experts measured the wounds of 42 patients using a paper ruler. Three wound care novices were also asked to measure 12 plastic wound models with the Swift App. To test its accuracy in calculating surface area as well as surface skin temperature, researchers used the Swift App to measure 15 plastic wounds and integrated an infrared thermographic camera to measure the temperature of 37 wounds.
The study’s conclusion: Swift Skin and Wound provides highly reliable and accurate wound measurements in a way that’s non-contact and easy to use for both expert and novice wound care clinicians. In addition, Swift Skin and Wound could also be used with ease by patients and their in-home caregivers.
Read the PLOS ONE article Point-of-care wound visioning technology: Reproducibility and accuracy of a wound measurement app.