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Electronic data collection by trainee anaesthetists using palm top computers

  • E. J. Hammond (a1) (a2) and B. P. Sweeney (a3)

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The Royal College of Anaesthetist requires that trainees wishing to specialise in Anaesthesia register with the College and keep a logbook documenting their experience and training in clinical anaesthesia. There are a number of advantages if such logbooks are kept in an electronic format. For the first time in the United Kingdom, we have evaluated the usefulness in a district general hospital of introducing a computerized system of record keeping based on a portable palm top computer. This has enabled the careful analysis of the individual work load of each trainee in the department by means of a specific program designed to generate a comprehensive report after the information from each individual has been downloaded on to a standard desk top computer. We have found a number of interesting and unexpected results and have highlighted ways in which the system may be improved.

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Correspondence: B. Sweeney.

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Electronic data collection by trainee anaesthetists using palm top computers

  • E. J. Hammond (a1) (a2) and B. P. Sweeney (a3)

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