What is it?
Johns Hopkins physicians were inspired to create BurnMed after a mass casualty incident in Kenya where a gas tanker exploded, killing one hundred people instantly and severely burning many others. The influx of burn patients overwhelmed local health resources, so many did not receive correct treatment initially.
What was Innovative?
The developers’ created a comprehensive fifteen minute training on initial burn management using a mobile, multimedia resource for lay practitioners — the app can be utilized by practicing clinicians as well. In BurnMed, the user draws the burned areas onto a 3-D anatomic figure. The app then uses this diagram to calculate the total body surface area (TBSA) burned. The app then uses the diagramed TBSA percentage to calculate fluid resuscitation. The Treatment Guidelines summarize the essential steps in early management with links to further teachings about inhalation injuries, escharotomy, and dressings.
Why is it important?
Utilizing multimedia to help educate users on appropriate steps to take to help others is a great feature of medical apps. However, Burn Management helped develop this in a key area that was easy to understand and utilize. The app can also be used by more trained individuals as it offers guidelines and formulas to calculate needed intervention based upon the type of burns being dealt with.