Accession Number : ADA314900

Title :   A Computer Program for Estimating Medical Information Storage Requirements.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Sep 95-Jun 96,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Konoske, Paula J. ; Dobbins, Roy W.

PDF Url : ADA314900

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : During combat the handling of medical information is a critical aspect of the continuity of casualty care. Medical personnel, however, generally have limited knowledge of the prior status of their patients other than what may have been noted on a paper field medical card, which has many deficiencies (Wilcox & Pugh, 1990). In addition, transcribing the information at Battalion Aid Stations (BASs), Surgical Support Companies, and other medical treatment facilities (MTFs), can introduce errors. Historically, the Field Medical Card (FMC, DD1380) has been used to provide the clinical record that moves with the casualty during evacuation. Recently, a hand-held, portable, electronic device, called MEDTAG, has been shown to be a feasible method for documenting the required information at the forward echelons of care. It takes less time and provides more accurate data than the current manual method (Galarneau & Wilcox, 1993a; Galarneau & Wilcox, 1993b; Wilcox, Galarneau, & Fitzgerald, 1993).

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, REQUIREMENTS, STATIONS, FORWARD AREAS, BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, ACCURACY, MEDICINE, CASUALTIES, MANUAL OPERATION, STORAGE, HANDLING, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, MEDICAL PERSONNEL, EVACUATION, CARDS, PAPER, FIRST AID.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE