14 June 2011

From Road Maps to Body Maps

I've just come back to work from a wonderful holiday through western Canada where we relied heavily on our trusty maps to keep us on route (though sometimes not so trusty GPS) but on my first day back I've come across a different kind of map called "BodyMaps": Visualize Better Health by HealthLine.  Not only is this an excellent resource allowing you to look layer by layer of various body sections, it also allows you to zoom and rotate the image 360 degrees!  They are colourful, annotated, and include related information and videos meaning it's great for Docs and patients alike.

I think it's fairly self-explanatory why clinical staff would find this tool useful but  I'll touch on why it's excellent for patient care as well.  Having had three knee surgeries before I was in the profession I would have loved to see what exactly a 'Medial Meniscus' and an 'ACL' looked like, as well as the ability to explore the anatomy of my injuries with this tool.  It's often hard to remember that a patient doesn't know what a 'Meniscus' is just by you pointing at it and explaining it's like a c-shaped pad attached to the shin.  As someone outside of the trade at the time I had no real reference point of what that meant:  what's simple to you may be completely foreign to your patient.  Showing that patient quickly and easily interactive pictures of what it is and what's happening to theirs is what any patient would consider 'excellent care'.  You can then point them to the videos or other 'extra' tools offered on that page so they can continue to understand their injury or condition at home.

So check out BodyMaps, bookmark it and use it for all around ease and access!

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