BurnCase 3D

The software system BurnCase 3D allows to document all types of burn injuries on an appropriate 3D body model with a resolution of 1cm² and automatically computes the affected surface area per wound. Furthermore, medical encoding and scoring are integrated as well as an intuitive digital picture archive and a comprehensive set of additional burn-related data. Further information on the system and licensing as well as a free demo version can be found on www.burncase.at.

BurnCase 3D is capable of recording, visualizing and documenting all kinds of burn injuries and their treatment processes in a clear and intuitive way. Surface data is acquired on three-dimensional models, which are adapted to physical parameters of the real patient with a resolution of one cm². By using computer aided methods, a remarkable reduction of workload in comparison to paper-based documentation can be achieved. The system facilitates an accurate and immediate calculation of affected surface areas and standard indicators like ABSI, Baux-Score, fluid substitution quantities and many more in real-time. Above all, BurnCase 3D enables an almost instant objective assessment of the patient’s condition. Besides thermal and chemical burns, BurnCase 3D allows documenting amputations, healing measures and surgical procedures. Moreover, the surface area of healthy skin can be calculated as a basis for exact transplantation planning.

The digital picture archive in BurnCase 3D completes the professional burn documentation. It is possible to assign digital pictures of the patient to specific locations on the 3D model surface (marked as pins) in order to easily recall them afterwards. Furthermore, specific model positions can be saved to every picture, which can be restored afterwards during picture review. Superimposing these pictures allows efficient and objective verification of injuries that have been assigned to the model surface. BurnCase 3D provides the ability to structure and document injuries easily and clearly as well as assigning digital pictures to various body regions. The digital picture archive collects all relevant digital pictures within BurnCase 3D. This allows searching for pictures by certain criteria like patient-data, timestamps, assigned body regions (pins) or injury severities.

BurnCase 3D provides a large data set containing numerous patient and case data. This data set has been carefully developed with regards to various hospital information systems and international data registers. However, it may easily be adapted or enhanced to special requirements. BurnCase 3D offers complete encoding following the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the International Classification of Procedures in Medicine (ICPM). By deriving ICD and ICPM codes on the basis of  injuries and anatomical position on the model, the documentation workload can be reduced to a minimum. Supplementary ICD codes may be acquired using the integrated ICD Browser. Furthermore, BurnCase 3D has been designed to collect all DRG relevant data.

The report module of BurnCase 3D enables creating comprehensive reports by a single click. The automatic generation of reports replaces the inconvenient obligation of filling forms by hand, although format and layout (Lund&Browder, ICD lists, etc.) remain. All reports can easily be adapted for institutional needs. The software aims at the establishment of a common documentation standard of burns, any participating institution is invited to help forming this standard. The worldwide collection of comparable data and the integrated data query tool with its simple and intuitive interface enables comprehensive data analysis in order to deepen the scientific understanding of burn treatment.

The graphical user interface provides an intuitive and user friendly input of burn relevant data. The system gives visual feedback concerning the completeness of gathered data. Reports can easily be generated by a single click, which saves a lot of time compared to conventional by-hand-documentation on paper.

BurnCase 3D is distributed in form of perennial research cooperations with the Research Unit Medical-Informatics. Comprehensive information as well as a free trial version is available on http://www.burncase.at. The research project BurnCase 3D is financially supported by public funds and developed at RISC Software GmbH, Research Unit Medical-Informatics, a non-profit research and development organization of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The project is financed through funds from Upper Austria and the participating research partners. All the incoming money is reinvested in the project itself.

  • Adapted 3D models: Adaptation of the model surface according to patient’s sex, weight and height.
  • Intuitive graphical data acquisition: Transfer of burn injuries onto the 3D model surface with standard input devices and support for tablet PCs.
  • Quick view function: Navigation to certain body regions of interest by single click.
  • Scores and indices: Real-time calculation of burn sizes, burn degrees, ABSI, Baux-Score and Baxter-Parkland fluid substitution.
  • Digital picture archive: Easy and intuitive indexing of digital pictures with numerous search and administration functions.
  • 3D landmarks: Assignment of digital pictures to specific locations on the surface of the 3D model.
  • Objective wound transfer: Semi-transparent superimposition of digital pictures for objective wound transmission.
  • Additional burn relevant data: Flexible possibilities for acquisition of additional burn relevant data.
  • Configuration manager: Simple configuration of mandatory and optional data fields.
  • Check for completeness: Visual feedback whether all mandatory data fields have been filled.
  • Scientific applicability: Post-processing of acquired data with an integrated query tool including export capabilities.
  • Reports: Possibility to print standard reports and adaption to special needs.
  • Medical Classifications: Automated encoding of documented injuries, procedures and additional data into medical codes (ICD, ICPM).
  • HIS Interface: HL7-compliant interface for communication with hospital information systems.
  • Multi-language support: BurnCase 3D and user manual are available in several languages.

For more information visit http://www.burncase.at