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Skin Deep aims to improve the range of images available of dermatological conditions
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Skin Deep aims to improve the range of images available of dermatological conditions on different skin colours

A new project aiming to improve the range of images of dermatological conditions on different skin colours is looking for nurse contributors.

The project, called Skin Deep , hosts a range of free images to help healthcare professionals identify skin conditions in children with different skin colours.

Picture: dontforgetthebubbles.com

High-profile coverage of resources for treating patients with different skin colours

Project lead Becky Platt, an advanced clinical practitioner at the Royal London Hospital, told Nursing Standard the idea came about six weeks ago after the high-profile coverage of medical student Malone Mukwendes resource Mind the Gap , which shows clinical presentations on darker skin.

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Skin Deep aims to improve the range of images available of dermatological conditions on different skin colours


Picture: dontforgetthebubbles.com

A new project aiming to improve the range of images of dermatological conditions on different skin colours is looking for nurse contributors.

The project, called Skin Deep, hosts a range of free images to help healthcare professionals identify skin conditions in children with different skin colours.

 dontforgetthebubbles.com
Picture: dontforgetthebubbles.com

High-profile coverage of resources for treating patients with different skin colours

Project lead Becky Platt, an advanced clinical practitioner at the Royal London Hospital, told Nursing Standard the idea came about six weeks ago after the high-profile coverage of medical student Malone Mukwende’s resource Mind the Gap, which shows clinical presentations on darker skin.

Another source of inspiration is the social media account Brown Skin Matters, which provides information on skin conditions in people with darker skin.

But Ms Platt said while those resources had a lot of exposure, the number of images available for health professionals online remains small.

‘Hard pressed to find images other than of white skin’ in paediatric medical textbooks

‘We thought we should add to that great work,’ she said. 

‘For example, you can go on there and see what jaundice looks like in a black baby. If you open up any paediatric medical textbook that's written in English you would be hard pressed to find images of anyone other than of white skin.’

All the images are reviewed by a team of dermatologists to provide the correct diagnosis and clinical terms.

The images are only used with consent from parents, and pictures of children and case details are often anonymised on the website.  

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Picture: dontforgetthebubbles.com

Ms Platt said she has been ‘bowled over’ by the number of pictures received from UK and overseas healthcare professionals.

But she urged nurses to help expand the resource. ‘We would love nurses to get in touch if they want to share images from clinical practice,’ she said.

For more information on how to submit images and on consent procedures, contact Ms Platt via email at becky.platt2@nhs.net or on Twitter @beckyplatt3.

The Skin Deep project is a collaboration between Royal London Hospital (paediatric emergency department) and Don’t Forget The Bubbles, a free clinical resource website.   

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Further information

Skin Deep

Mind the Gap

Brown Skin Matters


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