[abstract] DIVE ACCIDENT INPUT USING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY

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[abstract] DIVE ACCIDENT INPUT USING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY

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Title: [abstract] DIVE ACCIDENT INPUT USING SCANNING TECHNOLOGY
Author: Dunford, RG; Leigh, BC; DeNoble, PJ; Uguccioni, DM; Vann, RD
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Obtaining accurate, dive-related informationfrom diving accident patients undergoing treatment for DCI is problematic. This preliminary report describes a data collection method using scanning technology that minimizes the probability of data entry error. METHODS: The Divers Alert Netowork (DAN) has developed an electronic data entry form (Electronic Diving Incident Report Form, or EDIRF) accompanying the paper form (DIRF). Diver provides demographic, operational and environmental information about diving accidents using the paper form. Chamber staff has to enter this information into database using EDIRF. In lieu of this process, we developed a scannable (bubble type) questionaire, to be completed by the diver, that allows the direct input of the information. The form was created with Forms By Command V 4.0 (Scanning Concepts Inc.) and is read by a NCS OpScan 5. Results are stored in comma-delimited ASCII text and are formatted to be appended to the DIRF Database. RESULTS: Preliminary testing on two patients showed that patients in the chamber can easily complete the form. Prior to scanning, we edited the completed forms and found 8 of the 172 entries marked incorrectly. These 8 marking errors caused scanner errors but no other scanning errors occurred. CONCLUSION: A scannable data entry form eliminates data entry by chamber staff, and yields an acceptable error rate. This technology has potential benefits when used in conjunction with the DAN DIRF.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. (http://www.uhms.org )
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/784
Date: 1999

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