The field of pre-hospital research continues to expand, with current Victorian based projects using ambulance patient care records (PCRs) to develop trauma related registries. Most pre-hospital research projects will at some time use information recorded on the ambulance PCR. The need for high quality data capture is therefore paramount.

Monash University Centre for Ambulance and Paramedic Studies (MUCAPS) is currently conducting studies in the area of trauma triage and mechanism of injury. These studies are conducted using a retrospective audit of all trauma patient PCRs. The project includes all trauma cases transported by ambulance in Victoria during the time period January 1 - December 31 2002. Victoria is serviced by two ambulance services, Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS) and Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV). PCRs from both agencies for the time period were sampled for the study.

MUCAPS designed a quality checklist system, based on the Maryland Practitioner Clinical Medical Record Audit, by Amerigroup. The checklist was designed specifically for trauma PCRs, and random samples of the trauma profile, mechanism of injury subset and the sudden deterioration subset were assessed. This paper will present the process of developing the quality checklist, and the results from the quality audit of the first six months of data in the trauma registries.

Author Biography

Qualifications BHlthInfoManagement GradCertClinTrials GradDipClinEpi MClinEpi PhD

Background Clinical Epidemiology Public Health Disaster Health and Emergency Preparedness

Current Erin is a Research Fellow and Lecturer with the Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice at Monash University. Erin also acts as Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate Emergency Health (Disaster Health & Emergency Preparedness) and is Field Coordinator of the Cochrane Collaboration's Prehospital and Emergency Health Field. Erin is Section Editor (Cochrane Corner) of the Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care, and member of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (ACAP), the Public Health Special Interest Group - Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), and the Australian Epidemiology Association (AEA).

Interests Disaster Health Emergency Health Emergency Management Emergency Preparedness Community Emergency Public Health Public Health Emergencies

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CLINICAL PRACTICE Avian Influenza: Clinical and Epidemiological Information for Paramedics and Emergency Healthcare Workers

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About Cochrane Corner ACAP ABSTRACTS "Development of a Quality Checklist for Ambulance Trauma Patient Care Records" WEBSITE REVIEWS Using the World Wide Web to access the Cochrane Collaboration and the Cochrane Library