Heart failure has continued to be a severe condition in which the heart muscle is not able to pump sufficient blood to fulfill the need of the body for oxygen and blood. In other words, the heart cannot keep up with its normal functioning.
Usually, the heart failure patients are recommended diuretics works on the kidneys to generate more urine, thus decreasing congestion and fluid retention. The patients are directed to keep a track of their weight, as a fast loss can be an indication that the dose of diuretic is too high, whereas a sudden gain can signify fluid retention and need dose reduction.
A research team from Linkoping University in Sweden has developed a new e-health device, which is a pre-programmed tablet that can assist the patients of heart failure to manage their condition, including drug dosages. The device, dubbed OPTILOGG, offers heart failure education, assists patients check their weight, and specifies when they should go to the clinic.
The pre-programmed tablet, OPTILOGG, is connected to a weighing scale that gives heart failure education, records symptoms & body weight, and titrates diuretics. If heart failure deterioration is detected by the device, the patient is recommended to elevate the diuretic dose. If the weight gain is exceeding the pre-decided limit, the patients should visit a heart failure clinic. OPTILOGG can be used by the patients as needed without toggling any buttons and it requires less than 30 seconds per day.
Earlier, OPTILOGG was demonstrated to enhance self-care in the patients whose follow-up was taken by the specialized heart failure clinics. This study has specifically focused on assessing its efficiency in primary care. In all, 32 patients were enrolled in the study from 4 primary care heart failure clinics. The team found that 94% patients used OPTILOGG as proposed.
Maria Liljeroos said “The self-care behavior of patients enhanced by 37% or 10.5 points when they utilized the tool. The nurses told that patients felt secure and were more dedicated to taking care of themselves when using OPTILOGG. Even the work of the nurses was not increased due to this. Our study demonstrates that implementing OPTILOGG in primary care is helpful and has the ability to aid heart failure patients to handle their condition.”