|Annals of Bums and Fire Disasters - vol.
VIII - n. 4 - December 1995
FACILITY OF ITS KIND
CD-ROM "BURNS" INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA HYPERTEXT by M. Costagliola M.D., V. Garcia Torres M.D., J. Joannovich M.D., G. Magliacani M.D., M. Masellis M.D., S.W.A. Gunn M.D.
A COMETT PROJECT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. Coordinated by MEDITERRANEAN BURNS CLUB and realized by INFORMED s.r.l.
CD-ROM "Bums" is the first international specialized product on bums for personal computers of a scientific interactive multimedia hypertext, developed through academic, hospital and informatic collaboration.
An instrument that can be consulted autonomously, the hypertext offers a rapid and effective analysis of the problems arising in hospitals that admit patients.
"Bums" can be used as a specialized teaching aid in degree courses in the bums field from bum prevention and treatment to disaster management; each module can be compared with a training course.
700 pages of text; 8 books divided into chapters; 600 colour images, 160 animations; more than 5 hours of interactive reading with sound commentary; 3 years of planning and elaboration on a CD-ROM of only 12 cm diameter, I min thick and a few grams in weight.
The CD-ROM "Bums" is a flexible product that can be handled at every training level by medical students, physicians, specialists in bums, paramedical personnel, and voluntary workers as regards prevention, first aid and initial response in fire disasters.
The product is now available in English and Italian versions.
Consultation of CD-ROM "Bums" requires at least a minimum 386-based PC microprocessor, 4 Mb of random access memory (RAM), Hard-Disk, Mouse, VGA Card 640 x 480 x 256 colours, colour monitor, MS-DOS 5.0 operating system or later versions and Windows 3.1, CD-ROM reader and 16-bit sound card SOUND-BLASTER compatible with loudspeakers.
Price USA $500 + shipping
Mediterranean Burns Club introduced a multimedia interactive computer/CD-ROM educational
piece at the recently held ISBI meeting in Paris.
"I consider the program "Bums" on CD-ROM a very practical teaching tool for everyone who is interested in bums. The program is set up in such a manner that the range ofpeople that may use it goes from nurses through medical students even to bum specialists. To my knowledge this very informative CD-ROM is the first comprehensive "publication" on burns in this new medium and should be present in every bum center and other teaching facilities. "
Rudy Hermans MD, Former Prof. of Bum Treatment University of Amsterdam Medical Advisor for Eum Skin Bank
didactic system uses a computer and CD-ROM disk, which comprises temporary knowledge on
bum medicine beginning with prevention, through collaboration between prominent
specialists from four countries, and is applicable for therapy in clinical practice and
teaching processes as well.
"...Educational technology is evolving rapidly and although there will always be need for the printed word, more sophisticated yet easy-to-follow computerized teaching packages are covering all technical fields through CD-ROM interactive multimedia hypertext. The first such hypertext dealing with the entirefield of burns and thermal injury has just been released jointly by MBC and Informed. Taking all the conceivable aspects of this complex problem from A to Z, the package provides a unique and excellent didactic medium that can be usedfor teaching, training, refreshing, simulating or self-testing at all levels, andfor all medical and nonmedical personnel concerned with prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of bum injuries.
"Adding to the
critical acclaim of all users, WADEM congratulates its friends in the MBC on this
achievement, and is proud that all six specialists involved in its production are members
of the Association.