“The current issue with our process is that a direct mould must be taken onto the skin and scarred area which can be very sensitive and painful.
“The process takes several hours to prepare and mould, require significant skill to apply and can be easily deformed.”
The new 3D scanning will simplify this process significantly for Tom and his team.
Occupational Therapist Akane Katsu said the technology will have a significant impact on patient experience, most importantly by reducing re-traumatisation that occurs by the traditional casting methods.
“The 3D scanning is contact-free and less painful for patients,” Akane said.
“Patients will not require general anaesthesia to manage the distress from undergoing the traditional casting methods, and it can be taken in the most functional position and will enable more accurate imaging of the face.”
Amanda said: “We are so thrilled SBU will finally be receiving this much needed piece of equipment.
“A big thank you to our family, friends, and the staff in the burns unit for all of your support.”
The 3D scanning technology will arrive at the hospital in the last quarter of this year.
To find out more about the NSLHD innovation program, please visit https://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/ImprovementHub/Pages/Applyforprog.aspx.