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Cost of burn care 

Cost of burn care
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Cost of burn care
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Ammar Allouni

and Naiem Moiemen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199699537.003.0033
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date: 27 September 2020

Modern information and communication technologies such as the Internet and Smart phones are revolutionizing how individuals communicate, seek and exchange information. Telemedicine is a subspecialty of medicine that utilizes some of these Information technologies to enable and deliver healthcare at a geographical distance. It is a constantly evolving science as it incorporates new advancements in technology and responds and adapts to changing health needs and variabilities in different societies. Burns are a relatively common injury requiring specialist care to enable the best outcome. In the UK there are relatively few specialized burns units and burns expertise is therefore often not easily attainable due to geographical difficulties. This chapter endeavours to describe current Burns care provision in the UK and how Telemedicine can be used in the assessment and management of burns patients. Telemedicine is explored in terms of modes, cost-effectiveness, and potential medicolegal and ethical issues.

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