Background: Recording of adequate mission data is of utmost importance in prehospital emergency medicine. For this, a nationwide uniform core dataset for prehospital data reporting, the so-called MIND 2, was introduced. With this procedure adequate information about structure and outcome quality, but only little information about process quality, can be obtained. Regarding the quality of data recording, primarily computer-based techniques are superior to other techniques. Against this background, the aim of this study was to develop a documentation system, which sets new standards regarding documentation dataset and documentation quality.
Results: A primarily computer-based documentation system based on the "digital paper" technology was achieved. This technology allows conventional data entry via a (digital) pen and documentation on conventional paper. As the core-dataset MIND 2 was realized - furthermore, the measurements performed during prehospital management as well as data on vital signs (blood pressure, heart frequency, S(a)O(2), p(et)CO(2) etc.) were included into routine data recording. Integration of this documentation system into an already existing medical quality management system was achieved via a defined interface. Testing of this new system over a 3-month period at the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) "Christoph 22" showed a high degree of functionality and stability of the system. Serious problems, especially a total break-down of the whole system, were not observed during the study period.
Conclusions: The new data recording concept, which is based on the "digital paper" technology, has proven to be completely satisfactory with respect to functionality and documentation quality during the test period.