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Improving documentation in prehospital rapid sequence intubation: investigating the use of a dedicated airway registry form.
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PMID:  22505304     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ObjectiveThe quality of medical documentation is integral to audit, clinical governance, education, medico-legal aspects and continuity of patient care. This study aims to investigate the introduction of a dedicated 'Airway Registry Form' (ARF) on the quality of documentation in prehospital rapid sequence intubation.MethodsA retrospective review and comparison of 96 cases predating the introduction of the ARF and 90 cases immediately following its introduction were performed.ResultsThe introduction of the ARF yielded significant improvement in the recording of selected data points: difficult airway indicators (p<0.0001), Cormack-Lehane grade of laryngoscopy at first attempt (p<0.0001), documentation of confirmation of tracheal intubation with end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring (p=0.015) and recording of intubator's details (p<0.0001).ConclusionsThis study validates the use of a dedicated ARF for the improvement of documentation and data collection related to prehospital rapid sequence intubation when compared with post-event extraction of data from a generic case-record.
Roger Bloomer; Brian J Burns; Sandra Ware
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine journal : EMJ     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1472-0213     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100963089     Medline TA:  Emerg Med J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (GSA-HEMS), New South Wales, Australia.
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