Photo: Dr Rajna Ogrin, Bolton Clarke Research Institute
Trajan is pleased to support Bolton Clarke Research Institute projects.
Bolton Clarke is Australia’s largest independent not-for-profit provider of independent living services and senior living innovation, supporting and enabling older people at home and across aged care and senior living communities. Bolton Clarke teams support more than 100,000 people every day and each year provide more than 4 million client visits to people at home and in residential communities. The work of the Bolton Clarke Research Institute underpins services and contributes to the evidence base for national and international health and aged care policy and new models of care.
A new technique for photographing wounds that could provide more information to support wound care in people with leg wounds is being investigated in a project funded by Trajan Scientific and Medical.
The Bolton Clarke Research Institute is working with RMIT to investigate hyperspectral imaging (HSI) as a faster way to let healthcare providers know when a leg wound is healing normally and when more treatment is needed to help heal the wound better.
The photographic technique uses up to 100 colour channels and reveals information that can normally only be discovered using pathology tests.
Previous research by RMIT has found that HSI can help better predict the healing of foot wounds in people with diabetes. The new work will build on research already done and find out if there is extra information in HSI photos that will help predict how leg wounds will heal.
Example: Hyperspectral images used to show the blood oxygen level (red=high) of an ulcer with delayed healing.
Trajan funded development of the Skin Health Program - a collaboration between RDNS (now Bolton Clarke) and COTA (Council on the Ageing) to develop a volunteer peer education program in skin health, including a skin health toolkit.
The program highlighted the importance of both skin care and understanding how skin changes as people age. Key evidence-based messages were used to educate community members on the topic of skin health in a low-technology, highly interactive way.
A skin health toolkit was developed to enable peer educators to aid adult interactive learning in a way that is relevant and useful for community members including simple flash cards and take-home reminder pamphlets to reinforce key messages.