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What are some of the uses for PicSafe?

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PicSafe enables medical professionals to securely capture clinical images of their patients for such purposes as:

  • Recording the current status and progress of a patient’s medical condition,
  • Seeking other medical opinions regarding a particular case,
  • Referring to previous images for comparison and treatment purposes, and
  • Archiving clinical photos for later use in publications, presentations and research.

Here are a couple of possible uses for PicSafe:

The burns unit of a hospital treats a burns victim with a badly burnt arm. A nurse dresses the wound a 9 am and 4 pm each day. At 10 am the registrar arrives wants to see how the wound is healing. Now the dressing has to be taken off at great discomfort to the patient and at considerable cost to the hospital (in time and materials). If the nurse were to use PicSafe to take a photo of the arm while the dressing was being changed at 9 am, we would avoid the pain and cost.

The Emergency Department calls a registrar at 10 pm about a 6-year-old boy who had fallen over at home and cut his lip. The Emergency Resident was unable to send a photo of the laceration (despite it being requested by the surgical registrar) because hospital policy would not allow it. The registrar lives in the city and would have had to drive one hour each way to see the child. Instead, he decided to put the child on the next morning's operating list without first seeing the laceration. When the registrar examined the child the following day, he saw that no surgery was required. Unfortunately, the parents were agitated after spending the whole night in the emergency department and insisted that the child got sutured under general anaesthetic.