Documentation of decision-making during air transport

Cheryl Strong, Cheryl Bagley Thompson

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Introduction: Decision-making is an integral part of quality patient care. The aim of this study was to evaluate decision-making documentation. Methods: A retrospective descriptive design was used to examine the documentation for a convenience sample of 48 trauma patients transported by rotor-wing aircraft. Results: A total of 1012 decisions were documented in the 48 records. The decisions were grouped into major conceptual problems. An average of 10.2 ± 4.56 conceptual problems were identified in each record. The top 10 conceptual problems were evaluated. Adequate documentation was found to support all decision-making related to the top 10 problems. Conclusion: Although air medical personnel may not directly document statements of rationale for their decision-making, sufficient data were present in the records to support each documented decision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalAir medical journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


  • Air transport
  • Decision-making
  • Documentation
  • Nursing informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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