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Keywords

wound measurement, wound assessment and documentation, wound imaging device, ARANZ Medical Silhouette

 

Authors

  1. Kieser, David Christopher MBChB, PGDipSurgAnat
  2. Hammond, Catherine RN

ABSTRACT

Despite major advances in medical technology and wound care, wound assessment and documentation still rely mainly on rudimentary measures. Many practitioners continue to estimate wound size using maximal length, width, and depth measurements with rulers and probes.1 Others use acetate tracings or equivalent measures to outline the wound onto a grid to estimate surface area and document wound border changes. Even fewer practitioners seem to routinely photograph wounds with an included scale for more visual records. This article presents a recently developed device that is changing clinical documentation, assessment, auditing, and interservice communication-the ARANZ Medical Silhouette (ARANZ Medical Limited, Christchurch, New Zealand).