Wound imaging, measurement and healing progress documentation
Silhouette enables you to document wound assessments easily, quickly and consistently, and monitor the healing progression of wounds.
The Silhouette system is made up of three main parts – a point of care imaging device, smart software and a wound information database:
- The SilhouetteStar™ specialized camera (pictured right) captures the wound image;
- SilhouetteConnect™ driver software calculates 3D measurements of the wound’s area, depth, volume and perimeter, and captures relevant wound assessment details such as demographics and co-morbidities
- SilhouetteCentral™ database manages and stores all information collected from SilhouetteStar+SilhouetteConnect in one central location.
- Maureen Bates, Podiatry Manager at Diabetic Foot Clinic Team at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Silhouette improves the processes and pathways used in caring for your patients and supports interdisciplinary teams who must provide quality care and proof of improved wound outcomes.
Why is wound measurement so important?
The most fundamental and often quoted metric for measuring and reporting wound healing progress is that of area reduction over time. Because this metric is used for basic evaluation of a wound’s progress (1), it is frequently used to evaluate the effectiveness of wound care processes and practices and is becoming an important determinant of reimbursement.
In general clinical practice today, traditional wound measurement techniques are cumbersome and inaccurate – introducing errors of as much as 40% (2). As the focus on managing health care costs continues to intensify, such imprecision is exposing healthcare organizations to risks and adverse financial consequences. For instance, inaccurate measurements may undermine confidence in use of debridement or advanced therapies, or bring into question the adequacy of documentation and evidence of the status of a wound during a transfer between care settings.
1. Percent change in wound area of diabetic foot ulcers over a 4-week period is a robust predictor of complete healing in a 12-week prospective trial, Sheehan P, Jones P, Caselli A, Giurini J, Veves A. Diabetes Care, June 2003, 26(6): 1879-1882.