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Fundus photography in the emergency department: saving lives, eyes and time

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The team from Westmead Hospital with a Fundus camera that is sure to save many lives in the ED

A camera the size of a hairdryer can quickly identify symptoms that can threaten a person’s vision or life. Within the first two months of using Fundus photography in the emergency department, two people received lifesaving surgery as the camera made it possible to see what was going on inside the eye.

“It’s really important that we can diagnose problems in the brain by looking at the back of the eye,” Westmead Hospital head of ophthalmology Professor Andrew White said.
“Historically people haven’t been very good at that because it has been quite hard to put in place proper training and supervision. Having the camera in the emergency department lets us reliably look at the back of the eye in real time and transmit those images.”

This technology allows for images to be captured, uploaded to the eMR and reviewed by an ophthalmologist within 24 hours. This is a great leap forward in identifying life and vision threatening pathologies quickly in an emergency situation.