Grades 6-8

Calibration, Color Wheels and Wound Care

 Diverse STEAM* Thinking to Stop Infection
*science, tech, engineering, arts & math

Wounds can be gross, painful, and tricky to deal with.  They also are colorful and unpredictable.  Hmm… Sound like any middle schoolers you know? If so, then studying wounds and wound care should be a sure-fire winner in most any science class. For those who don’t care for the ick factor, modern wound care also will appeal to students into art or technology. Before we get to this intersection of gross factor and art/tech/medical curricula, review a few basics:

I. A wound is anything that breaks the skin. Small wounds heal with little attention. Bigger wounds are germ portals that need care before too much damage occurs.

  • Student Action Items:
    • Find or sketch images of 3 wounds:
      • one that needs little more than disinfectant & maybe a bandage,
      • one that may need special home care and
      • one that definitely needs medical attention.
      • Note: Halloween images work if true medical images are too intense.
    • See the Nemour Foundation’s TeensHealth page on wounds for care options. List one treatment option for each of the images found/sketched. And, yes, ‘get to the emergency room’ is an acceptable option!

II.. Medical staff need tools to help them decide if their care efforts are making a difference – good or bad – on a wound. For modern wound care calibration is king.

This free PDF from the National Physical Laboratory, A Beginner’s Guide to Measurement, offers a very readable (even for middle school) overview of measurement. It features timelines, quick lists, context-enhancing examples, clear charts, & funny illustrations. Section 8 (p. 29)focuses on calibration.

  • Student Action Items:
    • Review assigned pages from the aforementioned PDF then list:
      • a favorite fun fact about the history of measurement
      • one tweet-length summary of an anecdote of key measurement moments
      • definitions of validation, calibration & certification

Now it’s time to check out the new wound care option
that mixes gore with geek with great cinematography.

TRUE-See (this blog & author have zero affiliation) is one commercial example that offers what they call… “patent pending technology of advanced color calibration techniques and electronic measurement capabilities.  Founded by an award-winning cinematographer and a nationally-recognized wound care physician, TRUE-See Systems creates standardized digital pictures to properly document a patient’s medical record, offering proof of medical necessity and improving treatment decisions.”

True See colors

  • Student Action Items:
    • Still not clear on TRUE-See? Watch this video:
      • Now summarize the video in one paragraph with one graphic illustration or sketch.
    • View the 4 steps of the company’s solution here: Create a labeled flow chart (one page) to summarize the solution.
    • Create a calibration slate for something in your life like blue jean color, green plants, skin tone, etc. How well does your slate photograph? Test on at least 10 samples.
    • Translate the mission/brand statement (written above in green font) into middle school English
      • define cinematographer
      • explain why award-winning & nationally-recognized should matter
      • aren’t all physicians wound care specialists? explain

Where did this cross-curricular brilliance come from? Meet the makers of TRUE-See (and then try more activities below):


William C. Ellison – President & CEO


Francis James, Co-Founder
Chief of Operations & Product Development


Shaun Carpenter MD, FAPWCA, CWSP, Co-Founder
Chief Medical Officer


Brian Hasselfeld – VP of Strategy and Business Development


Paul Christmann – VP of Technology


Blake Rasmussen – Product Manager

  • Student Action Items:
    • These guys don’t LOOK very diverse, but their backgrounds are. Go to their website here. Create a chart with 4 columns showing their titles, duties, key experience, and education.
    • Choose one element from each column that appeals to you. Write 4 goals that you can aim for this year that will take you closer to building each of the 4 elements in your life:  title, duty, experience, education.
    • Diversity is important. Sometimes it’s diversity of experience & training that create a team (like for TRUE-See). Some teams have other types of diversity. Find the website of a business you like. List the kind(s) of diversity you notice in their staff members.
    • Businesses can seem to care more about the bottom line than customer care. GOOD businesses can do both well. Bandaid brand offers this infographic about simple wound care. Does it balance true information and brand features? Or is it just a regular ad? Edit  the text or redesign the graphic so that it comes across as helpful and balanced. If it’s already fine, label details to explain why no edits are needed.
    • BONUS:  Can you find any reasearch (on Bandaid’s site or elsewhere) that supports what Bandaid says about covered wound healing?

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