INFOBYTES: How PDAs can speed up the organ transplant process

April 2004 
Volume 34  Number 4
Pages 68 - 68
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    AT MY FACILITY, valuable time was often wasted at the time of organ placement because in our paper-based system, information was often incomplete, outdated, or difficult to retrieve quickly. We decided to try using handheld computers (also called personal digital assistants or PDAs) to improve clinical decision making and communication between the nurse transplant coordinator, surgeon, procurement specialist, and other team members.

    We used a spreadsheet program to store and display patient caseload data on a PDA (see Figure 1 ). Each row contains information on one patient (see Figure 2 ). To accommodate the PDAs' small screens, we developed a dictionary of abbreviations for the column labels, which display key patient information (such as medical history, lab test results, and computed tomography scan results). The spreadsheet can be searched ...

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