TODAY’S PATENT – SKIN AND WOUND ASSESSMENT TOOL
The device was invented by Nancy Ann Estocado and is currently assigned to NE Solutionz LLC. It was granted patent on 02-10-2012 by the USPTO, bearing the Patent no. US8276287B2. The patent has also been registered in Canada, European Patent Office and WIPO (PCT). The disclosed invention is an L-shaped diagnostic tool used for classifying and assessing afflictions.
The tool consists of two arms joined in an L-shape, with the top surface of the first arm containing a graphical ranking guide consisting of colour images representing different ranks within a classification system. The tool is made of a paper substrate with a pressure-sensitive adhesive on the bottom surface. It also features two rulers aligned at the internal corner of the L-shaped device to estimate the area and extent of the affliction.
To use the diagnostic tool, it is placed near the affliction without touching it and it takes a picture framing both the affliction and a portion of the tool. The graphical and descriptive ranking guides are then used to determine the rank of the affliction within the classification system. The method involves making a print of the picture and attaching it to a form or chart of the afflicted subject. The rulers on the tool can be used to estimate the affliction’s area and extent along each arm. Overall, this L-shaped diagnostic tool provides a visual and descriptive aid for classifying afflictions and assessing their severity, aiding healthcare practitioners in diagnosis and treatment decisions.