What Would You Do?
A text lights up my phone late in the evening. It's from someone who is a patient but we've been together for so many years I consider her a friend. She has my phone number from other times she's needed medical advice. She knows me well enough that she can assume I am adept at texting though we've never communicated that way before. The patient is immune deficient and somehow managed to scratch her leg. It didn't originally look all that bad but in the last hour or two it has become red and swollen around the scratch and she is concerned about cellulitis.
What would you do?
Family Practice doctor practicing in Louisville KY. I believe mobile health is the tool for improving patient care in our fragmented system and hope to make a difference in my patients' health through prevention and follow through. Opinions are entirely my own.