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Comparing electronic recording with a diagrammatic template versus traditional handwritten recording of tympanomastoid procedures: third audit cycle of 95 cases

  • S Fang (a1), A Habeeb (a1), P Gluckman (a1) and R Kanegoankar (a1)
Abstract
Abstract Background:

The middle ear and mastoid are complex three-dimensional structures and therefore tympanomastoid procedures require detailed documentation. Traditional written accounts can be inaccurate and difficult to interpret.

Methods:

This audit of 95 patients compares the completion of essential operative details using: an all-electronic version of a standardised proforma with a diagrammatic template, a non-electronic version with a diagrammatic template, and a traditional handwritten template.

Results:

The electronic template resulted in 81 per cent of essential operative items being recorded, compared to 78 per cent (p = 0.3) with a previous non-electronic template and 50 per cent (p = 0.0004) when using simple handwritten recording.

Conclusion:

An electronic proforma with a diagrammatic template improves the documentation and interpretation of tympanomastoid procedures compared to traditional handwritten records.

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Address for correspondence: Mr Sean Fang, ENT Department, Medway Maritime Hospital, Windmill Rd, Gillingham ME7 5NY, UK E-mail: Fang@doctors.org.uk
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The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
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