A multi-state survey of videotaping practices for major trauma resuscitations

David G. Ellis, E. Brooke Lerner, Dietrich V.K. Jehle, Karen Romano, Corydon Siffring

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The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and problems, both perceived and actual, associated with videotaping major trauma resuscitations. A cross-sectional two-part survey of trauma centers was conducted. Part 1 determined demographic information and videotaping status. Part 2 asked trauma centers that were not doing videotaping (NVTCs) about their plans, past experience, and perceived problems. Videotaping trauma centers (VTCs) were asked about mechanics, responsibility, utilization, and problems. A total of 221 centers were surveyed; 20% VTCs, 70% NVTCs, and 10% NVTCs that had videotaped in the past (PVTC). Among VTCs, 53% reported problems with videotaping including lack of personnel (40%) and time (40%) to administer the program. Videotaping, however, was found to be an effective quality improvement tool in 95% of the VTCs. Of the NVTCs, 70% perceived problems with implementing a videotaping program; these included medicolegal (34%) and patient confidentiality (22%) concerns. Of the PVTCs, 90% stated that they had problems with videotaping including lack of staff support (33%) and lack of personnel to assist with the program (24%). In conclusion, staff participation and adequate personnel outweigh medicolegal concerns as actual videotaping problems. Videotaping is perceived to be an effective performance improvement tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-604
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Quality improvement
  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Videotaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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