Utilization of the En Route Aeromedical Patient Movement Form by Critical Care Air Transport Teams

Krystal K. Valdez-Delgado, Kimberly L. Medellin, Allyson A. Arana, Jonathan Hare, Joseph K. Maddry, Patrick C. Ng, Elizabeth A. Mann-Salinas, William T. Davis

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Introduction: Understanding usage patterns of current paper-based documentation can inform the development of electronic documentation forms for en route care. The primary objective was to analyze the frequency of use of each field within the 3899 L Patient Movement Record documented by en route Critical Care Air Transport Teams. Secondary objectives were to identify rarely utilized form fields and to analyze the proportion of verifiable major events documented within the 3899 L form. Materials and methods: We performed a retrospective review of 3899 L patient movement records for patients transported via Critical Care Air Transport Teams from January 2019 to December 2019. Scanned 3899 L forms were manually transcribed into a Microsoft Access database for evaluation and analysis. Proportions were calculated for completed fields. Major vital sign event frequency was compared for checkbox fields versus the vital sign flow sheet for each patient. We performed descriptive analyses for the proportion of charts with completed documentation in each evaluated field and the proportion of flow sheet events documented in major event fields. Results: We analyzed 130 records. Fourteen of 18 (77.8%) demographic fields had a 75% or greater completion ratio. Sections with the largest proportion of rarely or never utilized fields (<1.5% completed) were procedures (77.8% of fields) and major events (63.9% of fields). Major event checkboxes had low sensitivity for documented events in the flow sheet: Change in heart rate greater than 20% (1 of 28 patients); increase in the fraction of inspired oxygen requirement of greater than 10% (6 of 23 patients); decrease in mean arterial pressure of greater than 20% (1 in 12 patients); and temperature less than 35.6C (1 in 13 patients). Conclusions: Many of the current 3899 L fields are highly utilized, but some 3899 L sections contain high proportions of rarely utilized fields. Major event checkboxes did not consistently capture events documented within the in-flight vital sign flow sheet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)436-443
Number of pages8
JournalMilitary medicine
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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