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The surgical trainee log we need: minimum of work, maximum of output

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posted on 2006-03-01, 00:00 authored by C Merry, D Goodall-Wilson, Glenn GuestGlenn Guest, C Papas, J Selvidge, David WattersDavid Watters
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to design a trainee logbook suitable for both surgical training and surgical audit. The fields of the logbook should conform to both the current requirements for surgical trainee logbooks and the minimum and recommended datasets for surgical audit. The database should be able to share information with other databases including hospital information systems. The current logbook requirements do not include much outcome data. Therefore, keeping the logbook does not train the young surgeon to collect all the information necessary for surgical audit, particularly the recently promoted minimum (12 fields) and recommended (22 fields) datasets. METHODS: An electronic logbook was developed as part of the hospital's clinical information system (CORDis). Patient identifier information was available in the system and did not need to be re-entered (e.g. name, number, date of birth and sex). The trainee only input the necessary fields for his/her logbook and was able to derive information already available from CORDis on complications, outcome and final diagnosis of the patient. RESULTS: Thirteen of 16 trainees used the program over a period of 2.5 years, and more than 4600 operative procedures were recorded. Information on outcome and complications was included in the logbook, regardless of who in the team entered the data. This also facilitated surgical audit presentations. Logbook reports for the Advanced Training Board were produced with the click of a mouse rather than by spending a whole weekend counting items in the operation register at the end of a 6-month rotation. This system could be used at different hospitals or the data can be exported to another database including databases on a hand-held device. CONCLUSION: The logbook contains all the data for reporting to the Specialty Training Board and Surgical Audit. Duplication of data entry was reduced, and presentation of unit/trainee surgical audits was facilitated. The data can be exchanged with other common databases when the trainee rotates out of Geelong.



ANZ journal of surgery






Milton, Qld.







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C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2006, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons