Users' Experience with Technology and Equipment in Trauma Room Environments
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TimeWednesday, October 12th4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
LocationPoster Gallery
DescriptionTechnology and equipment play a significant role in the efficiency of any treatment process. Traumatic injuries account for 59% of deaths in individuals under 44 years old in the United States. Any technology or equipment that contributes to making timely decisions in the trauma room can lower morbidity rates in traumatic injuries. With rapid advancement and innovations, there is always a need to develop a comprehensive understanding of technology in the trauma room. This study aimed to assess trauma team members’ experience with technology and equipment, based on their type, associated barriers, and facilitators. The study considered focus group interviews with trauma team members (69 participants) in a total of 21 sessions. The participants were asked to provide feedback about their experiences with various types of technological support in the trauma room. All the sessions were recorded, transcribed, and the transcripts were analyzed for thematic coding using NVivo 12.0 as the primary software. The study identified ten categories that were mostly discussed: CT-Scanner, X-rays, Ultrasounds, General Equipment, Computers, Screens, UV Lights, Lights, Cameras, and Automatic doors. The study revealed the usefulness and shortcomings of the existing equipment and additionally discovered some scopes for new innovations. The benefits, barriers, and design suggestions of each item are summarized in a matrix. The findings of this study will help decision-makers when adding or removing the technological equipment in the trauma room to improve the overall design of the built environment.
Coordinator and Assistant Professor