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J Trauma. 1993 Jan;34(1):133-8.

ATLS-based videotape trauma resuscitation review: education and outcome.

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Division of General Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.


Trauma resuscitations (TRs) can be improved with ongoing videotape review. Unrecognized errors, delays, and system problems can be identified and corrected. Previous studies have demonstrated the importance of a short TR on survival and that videotape education can shorten TR time. Trauma resuscitation efficiency depends on details of TR including timing, organization, and appropriateness of care. Videotape education review monitors TR detail and improves TR efficiency by eliminating wasted time and treatment errors. Eight hundred eighty-three patients were evaluated. Group I included a control group prior to the incorporation of an ATLS based videotape review process. Group II included patients who were resuscitated after the educational review process was established. Subgroups based on ISS, direct OR transfer, DPL, and CT scan were also compared. Time and outcome were compared. Videotape educational review based on ATLS guidelines has improved TR efficiency. The benefits of ongoing videotape review include more efficient time utilization, correction of conceptual and technical errors, elimination of "wasted time," and improved survival.

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