Add drawings to clinical items

Use drawing qualifiers in clinical items to more accurately display conditions or procedures on preset clinical images.

Clinical items such as Exam;skin and Exam;breast can include clinical images.

To add information to a clinical image:
  1. In a relevant clinical item, such as Exam;skin, in the Drawing qualifier, double-click the clinical image.
    Example Drawing clinical image
  2. In the Drawing window, click a drawing tool and draw on the image.
    Use any of the following drawing tools to add clinical items of interest to the image:
    • Pointer iconPointer - use to identify a specific area
    • Freehand drawing iconPen - use for freehand drawing
    • Abrasion iconAbrasion - use to draw an enclosed region and fill with a pattern to identify an abrasion
    • Bruise iconBruise -use to draw an enclosed region and fill with a pattern to identify a bruise
    • Burn iconBurn - use to draw an enclosed region and fill with a pattern to identify a burn
    • Pain iconPain - use to draw an enclosed region and fill with a pattern to identify pain
    • Laceration iconLaceration - use to draw a region identifying a laceration
    • Suture iconSuture - use to draw a region identifying sutures
    • Ellipse iconEllipse - use to draw an ellipse tool for any purpose
    • Text iconText - use to add text to the drawing. Typically, use with the pen and pointer which will need further explanation. Edit the font style, colour and size if required.

    Each addition to the drawing is numbered and listed in the key on the right.

  3. A default annotation is added for each drawing object, identified by number. If required, edit the annotation to provide more information regarding the object. For example, you could explain the cause of a burn in the annotation:
    1. Either right-click a drawing element and select Edit Annotation, or in the key, double-click the required entry.
    2. In the Annotations window, edit the default annotation or add extra information.
  4. If required, edit the outline colours and styles and interior pattern and colour of the drawing object:
    1. Right-click a drawing element and select Edit Style.
    2. In the Brush properties window, edit the required attributes.
  5. If required, to print the drawing click Print iconPrint. If you print a drawing, all annotations are printed.
  6. Click Save.
The drawing is added to the progress note for the clinical item.
Example drawing entry in clinical item

If you printed the drawing, a report is displayed that includes patient information and information about the drawing qualifier and clinical item. The drawing is scaled to the page, and the annotations are printed in a key on a separate page.

If required, you can add the drawing to a letter. The drawing includes a key with callouts and any annotations you have added. For more information, see Writing letters.