Description of a Novel Telemedicine Imaging System Which Could Bbe Used to Teach Surgical Burn Management Techniques by Telementoring in Remote Areas

  • David Boedeker Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Alp Numanoglu University of Cape Town
  • Todd Hall Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
  • Ben Boedeker University of Nebraska Medical Center
Keywords: Telementoring, telemedicine, vitom, teleburn


This paper describes the first known use of the Vitom endoscope to support telemedical care for burn injury treatment.  Burn injuries are a worldwide problem, affecting almost 11 million people every year, which is a higher incidence rate than HIV and tuberculosis combined. In the developing world, there are limited numbers of experienced burn specialists. This project utilised a telemedicine communication system including surgical field cameras to share views of the surgical field from a burn operating room to distant academic sites. This technology could be used to telementor surgeons during specialised burn wound management procedures, lectures or postgraduate training of surgeons. Telementoring, as described in this paper, refers to a specialty medical care provider mentoring a procedure performed by a distant site practitioner by the use of a videoconferencing system.  The videoconferencing system described by this paper, has high applicability for far forward deployed military surgical teams where specialty surgical care, such as burn or other soft tissue wound management could be telementored to a general surgeon.


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Boedeker, D., Numanoglu, A., Hall, T., & Boedeker, B. (2017). Description of a Novel Telemedicine Imaging System Which Could Bbe Used to Teach Surgical Burn Management Techniques by Telementoring in Remote Areas. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 5, (GKR);e12:(1-4). Retrieved from
Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates. Knowledge Resources. Vol. 10, 2017