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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs


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A mockup of the digital checklist.

Drexel University researchers and doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., have created the first digital procedural checklist for trauma centers.

Credit: Drexel Now

Researchers at Drexel University, working with doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., have created and implemented the first digital procedural checklist for trauma centers.

The tablet-based digital checklist, based on nearly a decade of research, design, development, and testing, can help doctors stay on track and record valuable data without slowing trauma resuscitation processes.

The team found that implementing the digital checklist did not slow the work of trauma teams, and that the teams using the digital list more frequently completed the 18 most critical tasks.

Said Drexel University researcher Aleksandra Sarcevic, "We consider this a success for the digital checklist, because our results show that it did not slow trauma resuscitation time, and it even boosted compliance with the critical tasks."

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