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Graduated colour tape measure: Development and demonstration of this tool in a case series of neonatal skin injuries.
J Tissue Viability 2019; 28(3):133-138JT

Abstract

AIM

This study proposed to (1) develop a metric graduated colour tool and (2) demonstrate the effectiveness of the tool for use in the assessment of neonatal skin injuries.

MATERIALS/METHODS

Findings from wound literature informed the metric graduated colour tool's development. Tool development included consideration of colours, size (comparative to neonatal skin injuries), cost, materials, feasibility and suitability for the neonatal clinical setting. Assessment of the tool's applicability with clinical images was then tested using digital cameras with specific evaluation of image sharpness and colour. Further evaluation was conducted within a case series of neonatal skin injuries.

RESULTS

The metric graduated colour tool comprised of 15 colours, measures 60 mm, displays metric dimensions, and offers a discernible reference for clinical images and injury/wound bed comparison. Images collected appeared enhanced with clear wound edges compared to previous methods. Four neonates who acquired skin injuries were included in the case series for which the tool provided reliable metric and colour comparison of epidermal stripping, extravasation, birth injury, and pressure injury. When used to compare injury assessments for series subjects measurements of both increased and decreased severity were obtained.

CONCLUSION

A metric and colour tool can be used in conjunction with digital photographs to enhance objective assessment of neonatal skin injuries/wounds. The metric and colour tool provides the foundation for vital skin injury assessment and documentation essentials including injury bed colour, size and consideration of depth of damage.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Neonatology, The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, Queensland, 4814, Australia; College of Medicine and Dentistry, The James Cook University, 1 James Cook Drive. Douglas, Queensland, 4811, Australia. Electronic address: de.august@my.jcu.edu.au.Medical Illustration Unit, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, Queensland, 4814, Australia.Department of Neonatology, Dunedin Hospital, Southern Dunedin Health Board, New Zealand.College of Medicine and Dentistry, The James Cook University, 1 James Cook Drive. Douglas, Queensland, 4811, Australia.Department of Neonatology, The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, Queensland, 4814, Australia; College of Medicine and Dentistry, The James Cook University, 1 James Cook Drive. Douglas, Queensland, 4811, Australia.The University of Queensland, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, UQ College C/- The University of QLD, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31085064

Citation

August, Deanne, et al. "Graduated Colour Tape Measure: Development and Demonstration of This Tool in a Case Series of Neonatal Skin Injuries." Journal of Tissue Viability, vol. 28, no. 3, 2019, pp. 133-138.
August D, Hitchcock I, Tangney J, et al. Graduated colour tape measure: Development and demonstration of this tool in a case series of neonatal skin injuries. J Tissue Viability. 2019;28(3):133-138.
August, D., Hitchcock, I., Tangney, J., Ray, R. A., Kandasamy, Y., & New, K. (2019). Graduated colour tape measure: Development and demonstration of this tool in a case series of neonatal skin injuries. Journal of Tissue Viability, 28(3), pp. 133-138. doi:10.1016/j.jtv.2019.04.004.
August D, et al. Graduated Colour Tape Measure: Development and Demonstration of This Tool in a Case Series of Neonatal Skin Injuries. J Tissue Viability. 2019;28(3):133-138. PubMed PMID: 31085064.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Graduated colour tape measure: Development and demonstration of this tool in a case series of neonatal skin injuries. AU - August,Deanne, AU - Hitchcock,Ian, AU - Tangney,Janelle, AU - Ray,Robin A, AU - Kandasamy,Yoga, AU - New,Karen, Y1 - 2019/04/30/ PY - 2018/10/26/received PY - 2019/04/19/revised PY - 2019/04/26/accepted PY - 2019/5/16/pubmed PY - 2019/5/16/medline PY - 2019/5/16/entrez KW - Clinical photography KW - Colour reference KW - Digital images KW - Neonatal skin injuries KW - Quality healthcare measurements SP - 133 EP - 138 JF - Journal of tissue viability JO - J Tissue Viability VL - 28 IS - 3 N2 - AIM: This study proposed to (1) develop a metric graduated colour tool and (2) demonstrate the effectiveness of the tool for use in the assessment of neonatal skin injuries. MATERIALS/METHODS: Findings from wound literature informed the metric graduated colour tool's development. Tool development included consideration of colours, size (comparative to neonatal skin injuries), cost, materials, feasibility and suitability for the neonatal clinical setting. Assessment of the tool's applicability with clinical images was then tested using digital cameras with specific evaluation of image sharpness and colour. Further evaluation was conducted within a case series of neonatal skin injuries. RESULTS: The metric graduated colour tool comprised of 15 colours, measures 60 mm, displays metric dimensions, and offers a discernible reference for clinical images and injury/wound bed comparison. Images collected appeared enhanced with clear wound edges compared to previous methods. Four neonates who acquired skin injuries were included in the case series for which the tool provided reliable metric and colour comparison of epidermal stripping, extravasation, birth injury, and pressure injury. When used to compare injury assessments for series subjects measurements of both increased and decreased severity were obtained. CONCLUSION: A metric and colour tool can be used in conjunction with digital photographs to enhance objective assessment of neonatal skin injuries/wounds. The metric and colour tool provides the foundation for vital skin injury assessment and documentation essentials including injury bed colour, size and consideration of depth of damage. SN - 0965-206X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31085064/Graduated_colour_tape_measure:_Development_and_demonstration_of_this_tool_in_a_case_series_of_neonatal_skin_injuries L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0965-206X(18)30134-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -