Professional monitoring and critical incident reporting using personal digital assistants

Med J Aust. 2002 Nov 4;177(9):496-9. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04918.x.


Objective: To assess the practicality of using personal digital assistants (PDAs) for the collection of logbook data, procedural performance data and critical incident reports in anaesthetic trainees.

Design: Pilot study.

Setting: Two tertiary referral centres (in Victoria and New Zealand) and a large district hospital in Queensland.

Participants: Six accredited Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) registrars and their ANZCA training supervisors.

Interventions: Registrars and supervisors underwent initial training for one hour, and supervisors were provided with ongoing support.

Main outcome measures: Reliable use of the program, average time for data entry and number of procedures logged.

Results: ANZCA trainees reliably enter data into PDAs. The data can be transferred to a central database, where they can be remotely analysed before results are fed back to trainees.

Conclusions: This technology can be used to monitor professional performance in ANZCA trainees.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia / adverse effects
  • Anesthesiology* / education
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects
  • Clinical Competence
  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Risk Management* / methods
  • Software