Use of video in real-time video resuscitations

Could this footage be used as part of a regular review of team and medical performance? Read on to find out!

At ARHT we have the benefit of having a camera crew on board most flights as part of a partnership with the TV show: Rescue 1. The beneficial exposure of the on-board footage has documented well how we function as a team and provide high quality medical care. The TV show has helped increase the Trust’s exposure at both a local and national level.

With such an abundant and powerful resource (all this footage!) is there a way it can be maximized any further? It might be worthwhile discussing how footage of jobs could be used within an educational context either for debriefing, learning techniques or review of team function. Looking through the literature there’s been some discussion of the benefits of using real-time video footage to analyze team functioning and make processes better!

A recent survey of all US trauma centres revealed 20% currently use trauma video review for their trauma teams. Of those, 100% of programs using it reported improvements in their trauma process! While some programs had previously used it, the most common reason for discontinuation was “technical reason”- this is unlikely to problem in our setting given the outstanding team from Rescue 1 that runs our cameras. Interesting that medico-legal was NOT considered the main issue. And more importantly, of all the current programs using it, none had had medico-legal issues.

Another study looked at using real-time video for feedback in CPR performance. I really like this one. They video recorded all resuscitations that required CPR in their ED for 45 consecutive cases. Once video was implemented they used once weekly team review sessions to look at how they could improve. They divided the resuscitations into 3 groups: the first 15 patients, the second 15 patients and the last 15 patients. Comparing the 3 groups, they found significant improvement in time to first chest compression by the 3rd group. Overall, they also found improvement in hands-off time too. While they couldn’t show patient benefits, we must build on this study and from what we know already, early CPR and more CPR will eventually lead to better outcomes! A great little study that shows the utility of using video review among a team of skilled professionals.
Finally, there has been an attempt to use some video review in the pre-hospital setting but data is limited. We’re well positioned to utilize this awesome resource and continue to lead NZ in pre-hospital care. Video review in the context of retrieval medicine is novel and certainly would put us at the forefront!
Up front, we need to acknowledge a few potential issues and considerations:

1. Patient privacy: this would not be shown to anyone outside the ARHT team and is analogous to reviewing a case except video would now be used to supplement the discussion

2. Team privacy: It would be crucial that each member of the team approve discussion and review of the footage. Any concerns by a team member would prevent the footage from being used.

3. Goals: well established protocol, goals and objectives and a predefined time to review this footage would be needed.

4. Established policies: all stakeholders from pilots, crewman, paramedics and physicians will be needed to provide insight into how this can move forward .

This post is a way of starting the discussion! Would love to hear comments, concerns/criticisms and especially enthusiasm!


Full-text pdfs for this post are available here (secure area limited to ADHB staff only – ADHB has subscription access for staff to these journals through the Philson Library at the University of Auckland School Of Medicine)

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