The aim of this study was to compare the ease and accuracy of measuring the surface area of a severe burn through the use of a mobile software application (BurnMed) to the traditional method of assessment, the Lund and Browder chart. BurnMed calculates the surface area of a burn by enabling the user to first manipulate a three-dimensional model on a mobile device and then by touching the model at the locations representing the patient's injury. The surface area of the burn is calculated in real time. Using a cohort of 18 firstyear medical students with no experience in burn care, the surface area of a simulated burn on a mannequin was made using BurnMed and compared to estimates derived from the Lund and Browder chart. At the completion of this study, students were asked to complete a questionnaire designed to assess the ease of use of BurnMed. Users were able to easily and accurately measure the surface area of a simulated burn using the BurnMed application. In addition, there was less variability in surface area measurements with the application compared to the results obtained using the Lund and Browder chart. Users also reported that BurnMed was easier to use than the Lund and Browder chart. A software application, BurnMed, has been developed for a mobile device that easily and accurately determines the surface area of a burn. This system uses a three-dimensional model that can be rotated, enlarged, and transposed by the health care provider to easily determine the extent of a burn. Results show that the variability of measurements using BurnMed is lower than the measurements obtained using the Lund and Browder chart. BurnMed is available at no charge in the Apple™ Store.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine