Veterinarians and researchers can now objectively visualize pain real-time. The fourth vital sign is now quantifiable with PainTrace®, a first-of-its-kind objective monitoring system that detects, quantifies, and tracks pain in mammals.
“Unlike humans, our veterinary patients cannot verbalize the pain they are experiencing,” said Troy Fowler, Vice-President of Sales, BioTraceIT. “PainTrace® will provide veterinarians with a groundbreaking technology to visualize and read direct pain biosignals to help lead the path to wellness.”
The pandemic has resulted in an increasing number of pets. There is such a demand for companionship while we socially distance that there is a deficit of pets available. Over 50% of households have pets, and 90% of them consider their pet a part of the family. Yet we currently have no way to know if our “furry friends,” our family members, are in pain. PainTrace® provides a solution. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/upshot/pets-health-boom-coronavirus.html
Horse racing has been under scrutiny for an increased number of catastrophic injuries on the racetrack. The California state racing commission has met to consider racetrack closure. Many injuries resulting in euthanasia have gone undetected despite the presence of multiple veterinarians during pre-race examinations. PainTrace® has been shown to detect subclinical pain. https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/santa-anita-cuts-next-two-thursdays-from-racing-schedule/
Mike Petty, DVM, MAV, CCRT, CVPP, DAAPM, remarks, “During my examination, PainTrace detected and reported neck pain but the dog showed no clinical sign of pain. A subsequent MRI confirmed the presence of a cervical spine tumor. PainTrace was right!”
BioTraceIT is also actively pursuing human FDA approval for PainTrace®. Much like veterinary patients, human patients may also have difficulty communicating or accurately reporting pain. 60-80% of cognitively impaired patients experience pain and are often unable to verbally communicate their emotions and needs. Pain is often a missed or delayed diagnosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7004504/#R12
Because pain is endemic, there exists a tremendous need for PainTrace®. https://www.bu.edu/sph/2017/09/24/chronic-pain-and-the-health-of-populations/
PainTrace® communicates the presence of pain, providing a valuable tool to support diagnosis and confirmation of treatment effectiveness. PainTrace® measures patient responses to examinations and treatments aiding in evaluation of healing and recovery. Additionally, PainTrace® offers instantaneous real-time measurements of both acute and chronic pain. Monitoring pain over time can potentially lead to early diagnosis and improved overall health.
PainTrace® leverages the BioTraceIT analytics application software and offers qualitative and quantitative monitoring across companion animal care, equine and bovine care. This multi-species measurement tool will also be important for clinical researchers in pursuit of novel pain therapies and will improve efficiency in translational research.
According to AHAA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, a pain score is considered the “fourth vital sign,” after temperature, pulse, and respiration. Additionally, the Merck Veterinary Manual supports this adding that “pain assessment must be able to distinguish individual sensitivities” and recognizes that current methods are “prone to errors of over/under reporting.”
“Pain assessment should be a routine component of every physical examination,” said Dr. Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA, DIPLOMATE ACVAA, UTCVM ret., Chair, BioTraceIT Scientific Advisory Board. “While advanced technologies will never fully meet all of our challenges or resolve all our limitations, the potential applications of PainTrace® will be a real game changer in a ‘world of hurt.’”
BioTraceIT is a medical monitoring/device company with offices in the United States and Canada. We are committed to developing tools for Veterinary Medicine and pursuing future approval for use in Human Medicine. Aelius Galenus was correct when he said, “Divinum est opus sedare dolorem”- Divine is the work to subdue pain. PainTrace® can detect, track, and monitor pain leading the path to wellness.
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