Introducing a proforma to improve clinical care in trauma surgery

Amr S Hussien, Mohamed A Imam, Mohamed Elsherbiny, Najab Ellahee

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Abstract

Introduction:
Accurate trauma operative details are an important part of the care of trauma patients. This study evaluated the adequacy of handwritten operative notes for trauma patients and whether they comply with the standards set by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for optimizing clinical practice in a busy district general hospital.

Patients and methods:
Fifty consecutive sets of handwritten trauma operative notes were reviewed prospectively. A standardized printed proforma was introduced and then another 50 consecutive sets of notes were reviewed. The results were analysed using the Student t-test to obtain two-tailed P values comparing the mean difference between percentages of missing data for both cycles.

Results:
Out of 24 parameters examined, 19 showed improvement after introducing the standardized proforma in trauma surgical notes. There was an overall significant improvement in the studied parameters (P= 0.0134), with a mean difference of 19.3% of missing data for both cycles.

Conclusions:
These results suggest that a standardized prestructured operative note proforma in trauma surgery is a useful tool in recording the operative data, thus helping to improve the medical care provided. It would also provide medicolegally sound evidence of a procedure when needed and so be more beneficial for the surgeon if routinely used. The authors recommend its regular use in different surgical specialties.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Volume76
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2015

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