What is the eITCH
eITCH is designed to give a patient-defined measure of itch on a numerical scale. The itch scale has a range between 0-10, meaning 11 possibilities. Measurement of itch intensity is essential to properly evaluate severity, assess patient needs and address them effectively.
How to use the eITCH
eITCH gives a visual analogue scale to rate a patient-perception of itch. By moving the slider, patients can choose the level of itch they are feeling. Each point on a scale consists of a number, an image and a description to facilitate itch measurement.
The eITCH Score
The measurement of itch remains problematic due to the subjective nature of itch perception. The itch scale provides a simple method of assessing immediate patient needs.
Following you can find the versions of the eITCH
The impact of itch on healing
Poorly managed patient itch has adverse physiological and psychological implications. Inadequately managed itch affects the psychological state of the patient and family members, with patients reporting increased feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and sleeplessness. Effective itch management continues to evolve but is largely reliant upon an accurate assessment of patient needs. Studies also show an increase in patient satisfaction when patients are actively involved in their treatment.
Benefits of timely and appropriate itch management include improved quality of life, decreased length of hospital stays, lower readmission rates and better overall patient outcomes.
eITCH offers health care providers a measure of patient-perceived itch.
The itch-scale is self-explanatory and easy to use.
eITCH allows patients to track their itch and be more aware of possible triggers or factors that relief as they can reflect on their itch score. This information can be useful not only for the patient but also for a doctor to have a better insight in order to create a more successful itch management strategy.
The itch scale consists of numbers, images and descriptions to be easily understood regardless of the age or communication preferences.
RESPONSIVE AND MULTI-DEVICE
Your eITCH is always a couple of touches or clicks away, available on desktop, tablet, phone and other devices.
Put an end to wasting paper and store all your patient data in an online platform. Results can be shared via email.
References to Validation Study
Phan NQ, Blome C, Fritz F, Gerss J, Reich A, Ebata T, Augustin M, Szepietowski JC, Ständer S. Assessment of pruritus intensity: prospective study on validity and reliability of the visual analogue scale, numerical rating scale and verbal rating scale in 471 patients with chronic pruritus. Acta Derm Venereol. 2012 Sep;92(5):502-7. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1246. PMID: 22170091.