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Improvement of the Trauma Care Process by Implementation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry-Based Trauma Team Approach
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  • Journal title : Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • Volume 21, Issue 2,  2015, pp.12-24
  • Publisher : The Korean Society of Quality Assurance in Health Care
  • DOI : 10.14371/QIH.2015.21.2.12
 Title & Authors
Improvement of the Trauma Care Process by Implementation of a Computerized Physician Order Entry-Based Trauma Team Approach
Lee, Ji-hwan; Lee, Jin-hee; You, Je-sung; Chung, Sung-phil; Kim, Hyun-jong; Cho, Jun-ho; Kim, Min-joung; Chung, Hyun-soo;
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 Abstract
Purpose: The need for the rapid evaluation and treatment of emergency department patients with major trauma is essential. A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system can improve communication and provide immediate access to information with the goal of reducing ED time delays. The aim of this study was to report on the operation of a trauma CPOE program and demonstrate its usefulness by comparing time intervals from ED arrival to various evaluation steps before and after implementation of the program. Methods: This was a before-and-after observational study from a single emergency department at an academic center. The CPOE program was implemented for 6 months and compared with the data collected from the pre-CPOE implementation period. The efficacy of the program was assessed by comparing the time difference before and after CPOE implementation based on the following factors: total boarding time in ED, door-to-disposition decision time, door-to-blood-test report time, door-to-X-ray time, door-to-CT time, and door-to-transfusion time. Results: Over a period of 6 months, the CPOE was activated for a total of 17 patients. Total boarding time was reduced significantly after implementation [median, 641.5 minutes (IQR, 367.3-859.3) versus289.0 minutes (IQR, 140.0-508.0) for pre-CPOE vs. post-CPOE, respectively, p< 0.05). Time intervals for all evaluation steps were reduced after implementation of the program. The improvements in the door-to-blood-test and door-to-CT times were both statistically significant. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that a standard CPOE system can be successfully implemented and can reduce ED time delays in managing trauma patients.
 Keywords
Emergency department;Computerized physician order entry;Trauma;
 Language
English
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